Marathon monsters

For ordinary persons without a physical fitness routine, it takes a lot of effort to run a whole marathon. Regular runners, however, can easily finish the 42-kilometer foot race in an hour.

British marathoner Gary McKee, however, is different. The resident of Cleator Moor, in Cumbria, North West England, launched on 1 January 2022 a £1-million fundraiser for cancer aid groups in which he ran marathons in exchange for cash donations.

The father of three ran 42 kilometers each day before starting work at the Sellafield nuclear site, BBC reported.

After 365 consecutive days and 15,300 kilometers of running, the last on 31 December, McKee raised the target amount, he said in a tweet.

Hospice At Home West Cumbria and Macmillan Cancer Support, which care for people with cancer, thanked McKee for his physical and mental sacrifice to help them.

Australian runner Erchana Murray-Bartlett also did an almost similar challenge to raise A$100,000 (£57,000, $70,000) for the benefit of conservation organization the Wilderness Society.

Murray-Bartlett’s route was from the tip to the southern edge of Australia. She ran through the continent’s famous coastline, rainforests, dirt roads and highways, sometimes in torrential rain and 35-degree Celsius heat.

When she crossed the finish line on the evening of 16 January, she had raised almost double her original fundraising target, according to BBC.

Last year, Briton Kate Jayden ran one marathon daily for 106 consecutive days to set a world record for the most number of consecutive marathons ran by a woman.

The 32-year-old Australian has broken that record by running 6,300 kilometers in 150 days.

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