Casho's Holy Grail Walk: Fan's gruelling challenge for charity

Red and blue pride runs through Mike Cashman's veins.

He’s been a supporter of the Newcastle Knights since it all began in 1988.

Unequivocally, you could say he’s one of the clubs most dedicated and passionate fans.

The 75-year-old, a member of the north west committee of the Men of League Foundation, now wants to give back to the sport which has given him so much.

Mike has set himself a challenging goal.

He's planning to walk from Tamworth to Newcastle in August to raise money for the Men of League Foundation to help the men, women and children of the rugby league community who are doing it tough.

The gruelling endeavour, dubbed Casho's Holy Grail Walk, is 296 kilometres over 12 days.

But there’s added motivation as he walks to attend the Knights Old Boys day on August 31 when the Knights take on the Gold Coast Titans.

Despite now living in Tamworth, Mike was born in Newcastle and will always be a proud Novocastrian.

He’s even claimed to have scored the first try on McDonald Jones Stadium back in 1960 as a Newcastle school boy.

A man of many talents, Mike was also lucky enough to represent Australia in veterans over 70s cricket in 2015 and played tests against England.

Before Christmas, Mike started putting in the hard yards in preparation for his enormous walk.

So far, he’s totalled over 2000km as part of his training and intends to clock up many more before the big day.

The Knights Member admits the toughest segment will be the Muswellbrook to Singleton leg, totalling 47kms.

With no accommodation between the two towns, Mike will have to endure up to 11 hours of walking.

His big journey in August will no doubt see him become the Knights longest travelled supporter for a game in terms of hours.

And probably the most exhausted when he arrives after 12 days.

To sponsor Mike and his mammoth task, you can make a donation through the Men of League Foundation website HERE.