Dad-of-three’s mission to run a marathon EVERY DAY in 2022 ‘almost incomprehensible’


Gary McKee raised more than £160,000 by running a marathon for 110 consecutive days in 2021 – and has now set himself the target of running a marathon on every one of the 365 days of the year

By his side - Gary with Sue, and kids Beau, Alfie and Minnie
By his side – Gary with Sue, and kids Beau, Alfie and Minnie

While many will be waking up on Saturday with a hangover, ‘Marathon Man’ Gary McKee will be starting his next superhuman challenge.

The father of three, who last year raised over £160,000 by running the 26.2 mile distance for 110 consecutive days, is pushing the boundaries of human endurance even further in 2022.

He has set himself the target of running a marathon on every one of the 365 days of the year, starting on Saturday morning.

And he wants to top the £1million mark this time as he again raises funds for MacMillan Cancer and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.

Gary in the zone while running
(

Image:

Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

Gary, 52, said: “We talked about what the next step up was after 110 in a row and somebody said 200 – but I think 365 has more of a ring to it.

“People might look at it as a year out of my life but I see it as a year in my life.

“Not many people can tell you what they’re doing every day this year but I can – I’ll be running a marathon and fund raising.”

A rare moment of stillness as Gary has a breather
(

Image:

Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

Gary, from Cleator Moor, Cumbria, will combine his challenge with working as a team leader at local nuclear site Sellafield.

He will be supported by his wife Susan and children Alfie, 16, Beau, 14 and Minnie, nine.

Local people have pledged to run or cycle alongside him and a BBC film crew is set to chronicle the 365-day journey.

He is also linking with schools in the area to encourage youngsters to run ‘Alphabet marathons’, where each child takes a letter and runs one mile to make up the distance between a group.

Gary after running 55 marathons
(

Image:

Elwyn Evans / SWNS)

Gary has never run competitively or even been to an organised club.

But his past challenges include cycling across Brazil, climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking through New Zealand and running from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

His year-long marathon test is the toughest one yet though.

He said: “I am looking forward to it – for me it’s not just running, but it’s also the influence you can have on other people’s lives.

“To me success will be finishing that final marathon on New Year’s Eve.”

Gary will set off from his home on Saturday for his first of 365 runs.

He plans to run at 7am on weekday mornings, in time to start his 2pm shifts at Sellafield.

Sue McDonald, Macmillan Cancer Support’s fundraising manager for Cumbria, said: “His efforts last year were extraordinary enough, but this 365 Challenge is almost incomprehensible in the scale of its ambition.”

Gary’s fund raising page can be found at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/threesixfive

Read More

Read More




www.mirror.co.uk

See also  Liverpool, PSG and Bayern Munich show Man City should have no Champions League fears - Alex Brotherton

Related Posts

George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.