Wetherby welcomes home marathon man

Wetherby runners member Andy McMenemy received an extra special birthday present when he completed his challenge of running 66 marathons in 66 consecutive days.

The club member earned himself a Guinness World Record after crossing the finishing line at York racecourse on May 20 and completing his ultra-marathon challenge.

Andy, 50, of Harrogate, rounded off a 2,050-mile run at York Racecourse – breaking the previous record of 2,052.

The Yorkshireman, who is married to wife Caz, and has two children, said: “This has been a hell of an adventure for me and I am proud that me and the team who I travelled around the UK with have completed this. Some days I was in a lot of pain and it was incredibly difficult for me but other days my running was much stronger. The highs and lows kept coming but I am so glad I have done this and what I have achieved.”

The mammoth tour, called Challenge66, involved 66 ultra-marathons, which are 5.5 miles longer than a standard marathon.

Andy, the son of a former soldier, is hoping to raise £1 million for the Army Benevolent Fund: The soldiers charity which celebrates its 66th birthday this year.

Andy paid tribute to the Wetherby runners club for encouraging him to start running when he joined the club five years ago. He said: “Right from the beginning when I joined Wetherby runners in 2006, everyone has been incredibly friendly and supportive. When I joined I could barely run five minutes, but they have been so encouraging. It is an outstanding club.”

To sponsor Andy or for more information on his challenge visit his website at www.challenge66.org