A SUPER-FIT Harrogate businessman who is trying to raise £1m for charity by running 66 ultra-marathons in 66 days has completed the final leg of his challenge at York racecourse.
Andy McMenemy, 49, the son of a former soldier, has run 31.07 miles on consecutive days in 66 cities to raise awareness and funds for ABF the Soldiers’ Charity, which provides support for soldiers and their families during active service.
Mr McMenemy is hoping to set a new Guinness world record, which currently stands at 52 marathons.
He began his epic challenge in March and ran his final leg with the Commander of 15 North East Brigade and York Garrison, Brigadier Greville Bibby, and 200 soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment, all of whom are based at Imphal Barracks in Fulford.
Mr McMenemy said: “I can’t believe it’s all over. I’m thrilled that I have been mentally and physically strong enough to get through it, 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 was the people who made 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.“
Mr McMenemy, who turned 50 on Friday, was presented with a birthday cake from Brig Bibby before the race began.