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Marathon man Gary McKee hits £1m goal after 365th run of 2022

Marathon man Gary McKee hits £1m goal after 365th run of 2022

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Gary McKee, from Cleator Moor, in Cumbria, began his challenge on 1 January, with donations to be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and West Cumbria Hospice at Home.

The father-of-three often ran his 26.2-mile (42km) route before starting work at the Sellafield nuclear site.

As he crossed the finish line, he thanked the "fantastic" reception.

And he later revealed in a tweet that he had reached his £1m goal in aid of charities.

Cheered on by crowds, he started his latest challenge at 08:30 GMT and finished at about 14:00 GMT in front of a fireworks display.

Mr McKee has gone through more than 20 pairs of trainers, run more than 9,500 miles (15,300km) and finished his final marathon at about 14:00.

Speaking afterwards, he said: "The streets were lined. It was raining, but everybody was out clapping and shouting.

"It was fantastic seeing everybody there. It's something I'll always remember."

On the start line earlier in the day, he told BBC Breakfast he had received "phenomenal" support but was "a little bit nervous" ahead of the final challenge.

"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."

Dozens of well-wishers gathered ahead of Mr McKee's final run

Director of funding and communications for Hospice At Home West Cumbria, Hayley McKay, said: "It's difficult to put into words how grateful we are to Gary for taking on this unbelievable challenge.

"The physical and mental strength he has shown is incomprehensible.

"Gary has not only raised money for two fantastic charities, he has sprinkled magic on the local community and brought people together supporting him with the challenge."

Macmillan Cancer Support executive director of fundraising, Claire Rowney, added: "Gary's achievement and selflessness is off the scale.

"Every single day this year, this extraordinary man has put his body through a marathon to raise money for Macmillan and our friends at Hospice At Home West Cumbria.

"I can only imagine the self-discipline and determination required to achieve this and there aren't enough words to express our heartfelt gratitude for everything that he has done to help Macmillan support people living with cancer at a time when they need us more than ever."

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