I am still struggling to bend my head round this and have nothing but respect for British endurance legend Gary McKee. That’s because he is not far from completing a task that would kill mere mortals: running 100 marathons in 100 days.
He’s doing it all for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, and we’re just going to give that a big old plug here because the man deserves it.
That’s 26 miles a day, plus a bit, for 100 days. If you’re shit at maths, that’s more than 2600 miles. It also smashes the record for the most consecutive marathons by a long, long way. Last year, Australian Matthew Daniels set a new benchmark with 55 marathons in 55 days. We don’t think he’ll be in any hurry to lace up the running shoes and try and get his record back.
“It is hard – but it’s a bit of running, and I can do it,” said Gary, with typically understated Britishness. “Every day someone somewhere loses someone they love to cancer – that’s really hard, and my bit of running doesn’t compare to someone going through that.”
But it’s not a bit of running, it’s a fucking lot of running. A ridiculous amount of running that Gary has somehow managed to fit round work and his family.
It is also not the first batshit crazy thing Gary McKee has done in the name of raising money. Other minor achievements include climbing Mount Kilimanjairo and cycling 800-miles through Brazil. He is not your average fella this one.
100 Marathons in 100 days will finish with the London Marathon
The 100th marathon is timed to perfection, it’s the world famous London Marathon. He wants the record, but he’s more interested in raising a big wedge of cash for his chosen charity.
“I’m close to raising 50,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support, which is incredible. On June 23, 1997, my life changed when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. He fought it and was a survivor. He passed away of an unrelated illness in 2003, so in his memory I started fundraising for Macmillan.”
So donate to his cause, the man has earned it, and take a moment to reflect on your life as you sit on the sofa, watch random shit and eat chips by the fistful. You should be ashamed. I am…