Fundraiser prepares to run a marathon every day in 2022


    fundraiser is limbering up for a marathon year as he prepares to run 26.2 miles every day of 2022.

    Gary McKee, 52, hopes to raise £1 million for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice at Home West Cumbria by taking on his biggest challenge yet.

    He said: “I’ve been a fundraiser for Macmillan for coming up 20 years and I’ve done lots of things – cycled in Brazil, climbed Kilimanjaro, ran from Land’s End to John O’Groats, jumped out of aeroplanes and earlier this year I did 110 marathons on 110 consecutive days.

    “At the end of that challenge I just thought there was plenty left for me to go at.”

    Gary McKee with supporters on his 110 marathon challenge earlier this year (Gary McKee/PA) / PA Media

    Mr McKee will set off from his home in Cleator Moor, Cumbria, on New Year’s Day for his first of 365 runs.

    He will be sacrificing family holidays and giving up alcohol for the year while he takes on the challenge.

    The marathons will have to fit in around his work and family commitments, and he plans to run at 7am on weekday mornings, in time to start his shifts at nuclear power plant Sellafield at 2pm.

    He said: “These are 365 opportunities to raise money to help people.

    “To me it is just four hours running a day, which isn’t difficult. What is difficult is watching somebody face cancer.”

    He will be supported along the way by children Alfie 16, Beau, 14, and Minnie, aged nine, who all got involved with their own challenges when he took on 110 marathons in 110 days earlier in the year.

    He said: “Watching them is what spurs me on and keeps me going, It is really powerful how it can pick you up.”

    But his biggest supporter is wife Susan Mr McKee said.

    He said: “She has supported me from day one and she knows the next challenge is usually bigger than the previous one.

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