By Rachael Grealish
Cumbria’s Marathon Man will always have the support of his home county, but now his mammoth challenge has reached the realm of knights.
Sir Mo Farah has posted a message urging people to ‘get behind’ Gary McKee as he powers through 110 marathons in 110 day.
After completing day 73 – now two thirds of the way through his challenge to raise money for Macmillan and Hospice At Home West Cumbria – the Olympic Gold medalist called the Cleator Moor- based charity runner a ‘great man’.
Sir Mo said: “Hello everybody it’s Mo here, I just wanted to tell you you’ve got get behind this great man – Gary McKee is running 110 marathons in 110 days.
“That’s incredible to run that many marathons for charity, so let’s get behind him and support him and Gary, well done mate, keep it going, we’re behind you all the way.”
Of course, the 51-year-old will always have support of the locals, and the ‘cycle path fairies’, as Gary called them, were also out in force in the night and sprayed messages of support for him on his usual route.
Setting off on February 1, Gary will run consecutive marathons – that’s right 26.2 miles (at least, sometimes he does more at once) – until May 21 for the two charities close to his heart.
And you don’t get a nickname like ‘the Marathon Man’ if this was his first rodeo – oh no, back 2017, Gary took on the challenge of running 100 marathons in 100 days.
During his last challenge he raised over £120,000 and even had a beer named after him.
This time around Gary has raised almost £55,0000, so far, and, yes, he’s had another beer named after him.
Gary spoke to The Herdwick News back in January, before the challenge started, and said this time he’s putting his running trainers on for two charities after seeing the devastating effects COVID-19 had on charity fundraising in 2020.
He said: “The [charities] just can’t survive without people fundraising for them and with COVID it’s floored lots of charities as fundraising hasn’t happened as before – like you can’t get outdoors or you can’t do stuff on the scale you normally would so I just thought now’s the time to help out with them.”
You can read Gary’s full interview here.
You can also sponsor Cumbria’s Marathon Man by clicking HERE.