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Action man Andy to break marathon record in York


12:01am 20th May 2011

A North Yorkshire businessman, hoping to raise £1 million for charity by running 66 ultra-marathons in 66 days, will complete the final leg of his challenge this Friday 20th May 2011 at York Race course.

Andy McMenemy (49), the son of a former soldier, has run 31.07 miles (50km) on consecutive days in each of the 66 official UK cities to raise awareness and funds for ABF The Soldiers' Charity that provides support for soldiers and their families during active service and beyond.

The experienced runner is hoping to set a new Guinness world record which currently rests at 52 marathons. He began his epic challenge on the 16 March 2011 and will run his final leg on Friday with Brigadier Greville Bibby OBE, Commander of 15 North East Brigade and York Garrison and 200 soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment, all of whom are based at Imphal Barracks, Fulford.

Speaking about the event, Andy said:

“I can’t believe the final day is approaching. I’m glad that I have been mentally and physically strong enough to get this far, but I never started the challenge expecting to fail; I began knowing I’d always reach the finish line.

“I’ve had lots of highs and lows along the way. There have been days when I have felt physically sick at the idea of running for another six hours on tired legs, and sore muscles, with low morale. But on every one of those days it’s the people who make the difference. I have met some truly inspiring people, who, despite their injuries, continue to have a zest for life and a great attitude.

“The whole experience has been really humbling, and I couldn’t have done it without the level of support from the public and the military which has been overwhelming throughout.”

Andy, who turns 50 on Friday, has been sticking to a strict alcohol ban throughout the challenge and is looking forward to drinking a cold lager shandy as he crosses the finish line to toast the end of a remarkable journey.

Brigadier Jeremy Gaskell OBE, the ABF Regional Director of Fundraising in York said Andy’s accomplishments have been incredible:

“Andy set off on this challenge in North Yorkshire, so it seems very fitting that we are welcoming him back for his final marathons. His attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for consecutive endurance marathons with no rest is a phenomenal feat of bravery and generosity. He has raised the profile of ABF around the country, and on behalf of ABF we are delighted to wave him off on his final stretch and hope lots of people come along to cheer him on.”

Details of Andy’s marathons can be found on the Challenge66 website: www.challenge66.org . Donations can be made via the site or by texting the word ARMY to 70700.


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