Marathon man Gary McKee has reached a £100,000 target in his year-long charity event that he is embarking on – and to this day has gone through 20 pairs of shoes and burned more than 780,000 calories along the road.
Gary, from Cleator Moor, started his marathon challenge by running a marathon every single day on January 1, 2022, and is aiming to raise £1 million pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice at Home West Cumbria. When the challenge is successful, Gary will run more than 9,500 miles.
The 53-year-old, who has supported Macmillan for over 18 years, completed a gruelling 110 consecutive marathons for his two chosen charities, raising an incredible £200,000 last year.
So far this year Gary has:
Completed 4,400 miles
Gone through 20 pairs of running shoes
Burned more than 780k calories
Had 300+ massage gun sessions
10 full body massages
350 charity tops sold
Over £100,000 was raised by 1,110 supporters
More than 100 Facebook lives
Over 150 support runners and cyclists from all around the UK
100,000+ social media supporters
More than 500 brews at ‘Bills Brews’
Gary said: “The reason I’m doing this is that I’m lucky enough to be able to take on a physical challenge of this scale, and every day I think about all the people going through cancer treatment who face their own physical and emotional challenges.
“If I can support people going through cancer and other life-limiting illnesses while inspiring people to get out there and fundraise themselves, then every marathon I do every day is worth the effort.
“The support so far on the challenge has been fantastic, from our cake bakers, fellow runners, and fundraising team everyone is coming together for the cause. Halfway is in sight and everything is going well.”
Last year support came in from across the world, Oboz Shoes with notable stars including Sir Mo Farah, Eamon Holmes and the St Helens rugby league team all getting behind Gary’s efforts and inspiring work, Gary is hoping he can get some familiar faces up to Cumbria to join in with him. Gary was inspired to start fundraising for Macmillan after his father was diagnosed with cancer in 1997, his father died from an unrelated illness in 2003. Back in 2017, Gary was the recipient of ITV Border’s Fundraiser of the Year for the Daily Mirror Pride of Britain awards, after running 100 marathons in 100 days to raise £100,000 for Macmillan.
Stella Walsh Fundraising and Communications Team Leader from Hospice at Home West Cumbria said: “The grit and determination from Gary throughout this challenge is extraordinary. There are no words to convey how grateful we are for his commitment to supporting our charity.
“Every penny that Gary continues to raise is helping us continue to provide our specialist services to patients and their families in our local communities.”
Sue McDonald, Macmillan Cancer Support Oofos Canada Fundraising Manager said: “Gary truly is beyond incredible. It’s not just the physical feat of running a marathon ever single day that makes him extraordinary – it’s the people and support that he inspires through this selfless challenge.
“He’s already smashed the £100k fundraising mark and we are so grateful to the businesses and communities that have got behind from across Cumbria and the UK. Thank you, Gary, for helping Macmillan do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.”