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Running from Cleator Moor to Italy - the marathon man PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 05 February 2021

gary mckee.pngA west Cumbrian has just embarked on what will be a remarkable achievement –running 110 consecutive marathons.

It’s only a bit more than Gary McKee achieved in 2017.

A team leader at Sellafield Ltd, 51-year-old Gary is running to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support West Cumbria and West Cumbria Hospice at Home.

Both charities have seen their income reduce since the coronavirus pandemic hit and all money raised now is much-needed.

Gary ran a phenomenal 100 consecutive marathons on 100 consecutive days when he last put together an incredible series of running achievements.

In doing so, not only did he spark interest among his fellow employees and west Cumbrians generally, but also the national media.

He featured on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan among other high-profile news outlets.

After completing 100 marathons in 100 days in 2017, Gary (from Cleator Moor) was awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Copeland and even had a beer created in his honour by Ennerdale Brewery, called Marathon Man.

Should he succeed in his latest challenge, he’ll complete his final run on 21 May, 2021. At this point he’ll have managed a staggering 2884 miles.

That’s the equivalent of running from his home town in West Cumbria to the foot of Italy.

Gary has already raised almost £10,000, and this figure is likely to rise rapidly as the marathons progress.

He said: “Covid has decimated fundraising opportunities and charities have never had it as tough.

“I decided to run 110 marathons in 110 days due to Macmillan celebrating 110 years of existence this year and also to support Hospice at Home West Cumbria. They both provide fantastic support for local people.”

One of his work-mates at Sellafield Ltd, Kevin Hetherington is running 55 of the marathons with him.

He said: “Gary invited me to support him during his challenge. I have never undertaken anything of this magnitude before so 55 marathons sounded like a great number to run, especially fitting it in between work commitments.

“We’re following social distancing rules as it’s a different world at the minute and we need to be mindful of following the rules whilst exercising.”

Amy Caddy, a work week manager is supporting Gary with his quest.

She said: “It’s an honour to be supporting Gary. What he’s doing is phenomenal, and the funds raised will make such a difference to the two charities.

“I know Gary well, and wanted to do all I could to raise the profile of the challenge and help him raise as much money as possible. This will give Gary a much-needed boost.”

To sponsor Gary, visit his sponsorship page.

You can keep up with progress on his Twitter page.

To sponsor Kevin, visit his sponsorship page.




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