Gary McKee, a man from Cleator Moor in Cumbria, completed his 365th marathon of 2022 on Saturday in a bid to raise £1m for charity. The 53-year-old started his challenge on January 1. The donations will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and West Cumbria Hospice at Home.
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McKee has now run the equivalent of 9,563 miles this year. He has gone through more than 20 pairs of trainers, BBC reports. He has raised more than £800,000.
Who is Gary McKee?
Hailing from northwest England, Gary McKee is a father of three. He used to run a 26.2-mile (42km) route before starting work at the Sellafield nuclear site.
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On the start line of his final marathon, McKee told BBC Breakfast he had received “phenomenal” support but was “a little bit nervous.”
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“It’s not the distance, it’s because it’s the last one. It’ll be a special day. Cancer affects everybody so it isn’t just a West Cumbrian thing, it’s a national thing. I just hope that people do get behind us and we do raise that million pounds. If we don’t, it won’t be because I haven’t run 365 marathons. We’ll celebrate the day, have a good laugh on the route and I’m looking forward to finishing.”
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“I’ve seen lambs being born, I’ve seen chicks on the path, I’ve seen the geese come and go. Over the past few days, there’s been snow and frost on the trees; it has been like a winter wonderland. It’s beautiful,” McKee told The Guardian earlier this year.