Causeway Chronicle

Rab embarks on series of challenges in memory of brother Christopher

A Coleraine man whose family suffered personal loss is to undertake several gruelling challenges for charity.

Robert Nethery – known as Rab to most – will shortly embark on his ambitious quest in memory of his late brother Christopher.

On Monday October 23 last year, Rab’s  family sadly lost a son, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, nephew, cousin and friend to all.

Christopher was recovered by Portrush RNLI Lifeboat crew as part of a multi-agency operation.

Although Christopher had sadly lost his life, the family were thankful for the speed, dignity and care in which the volunteers of the lifeboat crew had taken in bringing Christopher’s body to shore.

And that’s why this year, in his memory, the Translink worker will be taking on a number of personal challenges and hosting events to honour Christopher’s life in order to fundraise money for the RNLI.

These include the Giants Causeway 20 mile trail run on April 4 and the Belfast City marathon on May 5.

On August 2, there will be a rock ‘n’ roll bingo at the Railway Arms in Coleraine and a quiz night on September 12 at the same venue.
As well as that, Rab plans on climbing the highest peaks of Northern Ireland’s six counties:
Slieve Donard, Country Down 2,970 ft;
Sawel, County Londonderry and Tyrone  2,224 ft; Cuilcagh, County Fermanagh  2,182 ft; Slieve Gullion, County Armagh  1,880 ft and Trostan, County Antrim  1,808 ft.

“Obviously it was a very difficult time for our family,” explained Rab.

“But we were so grateful to the RNLI for

 their efforts.

“There’s always that fear you won’t get the body back or that it will take weeks for them to retrieve it so we were fortunate and thankful in that respect.

“The work they carry out is unbelievable and we, as a family, were agreed that we would try and give back to them in some way.”

The series of events begins with a 20 mile trail run around the Giants Causeway.

“That will be testing!” admits Rab.

“I’ve done a few marathons before but I haven’t done one for seven years.

“And I’ve never done an off-road race so that will be a new experience.”

As for climbing the peaks, Rab has some previous experience.

“I’ve done Sawel and Cuilcagh before.

“I’m not sure yet what way I’m going to do them yet because I have had a lot of people contacting me looking to join me when I’m doing them.”

Rab has set a target of raising £5,000 for the RNLI.

In a matter of hours he has already received almost £2,000 in donations.

“The last fundraiser is the quiz in September.

“The idea then is that on the anniversary of Christopher’s passing in October I will hand over a cheque to RNLI.

The link for the fundraising page is

“I would like to thank everyone for their support towards my family and I.

“All donations are most welcome and appreciated.”

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson