Evangelist that carried a 12ft cross around Wales thanks Cogan church for support
2:52pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in Penarth news
AN EVANGELIST who carried a 12ft cross around the perimeter of Wales has thanked a Cogan church for supporting him along the way.
Clive Cornish, who shouldered the 50lb wheeled cross as he walked between 20 and 30 miles a day, thanked Hebron Church for following his progress, praying for him and supporting him along the way.
Clive, who previously led a youth group at the church on Pill Street, was joined on the trek by fellow church members Steve White and Gareth Tucknott.
The trio walked around 500 miles in total over the space of three weeks in September, before Clive also took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon on October 6.
Steve White, of Andrew Road, and Gareth Tucknott, of Cardiff Road, in Dinas Powys, went on the road with Clive making cups of tea and finding suitable camp spots for the nights during the walk around Wales.
Clive, from Ely, Cardiff, slept in the back of Steve's van the first two weeks and thereafter in a pop-up festival tent. Camp spots included a cemetery, canal towpath, farmer’s field and often just the roadside verge.
Gary, 42, said: "There was no forced preaching from Clive, just a word for those that stopped him if they wanted to, and plenty did,” he said.
“If it was any different then I wouldn't feel comfortable with the witness walk as everyone has the right to live as they wish. I was quite amazed just how many honks from cars Clive gets and how many people stop or take photos.”
Clive, who completed his first walk around Wales in 2003, added that Hebron Church was the only church that supported him during this year’s walk around Wales.
“They have been phenomenal, absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“They had a map on the wall with a little Clive that they kept updating, and they have been praying for me as well.”
He added that he was grateful for the company of Gary and Steve during the walk. “I don’t think they realised I have done walks in the past where I have been completely alone,” he said.
“You take it for granted as normally I would be bored to tears.”
He added that it wasn’t always plain sailing: “Sometimes it’s tough as not everyone is in a peaceful mood. They might come and give you a bit of hassle.”
He added that carrying the cross could be quite painful: “The first week is always the hardest as you break down your back,” he said.
“My shoulders get sore and my legs hurt throughout the day. After the first week it gets a bit easier.”
Clive has carried the cross around Wales three times and to every town in Wales once.
He said that he had been inspired to carry the cross after hearing about Arthur Blessit, who has carried a 12 foot cross around the world.
“I like the idea of it as it’s quite unusual and a lot of people just ask why you are carrying the cross,” he said.
Clive, a full-time evangelist who also works with Ely Baptist Church, was converted to Christianity when he was serving a six-year prison sentence for armed robbery.
He attended church one day “for a laugh” and said that his life changed after he was asked whether he believed in Jesus and that he rose again, and he realised that he did.
Clive, who is set to run the London Marathon with the cross next year, recently ran the Cardiff Half Marathon with the cross in just over three hours.
“I think of it as people that wouldn’t normally go to church on a Sunday, so when they are running the Cardiff Half I bring it to them instead,” he said.
“It’s my church congress to 19,000 people.”
Gary, who also filmed the whole trip and has uploaded videos online, added: “It’s been my privilege to follow Clive. It is now proving very difficult to settle back to the day job."
To view the videos search for ‘Clive Cornish’ on youtube as well as https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kqQIYtMEcA