Yorkshire runner to complete 66th marathon

Andy McMenemy.

Andy McMenemy.

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A weary businessman will today complete a world record attempt to run 66 ultra-marathons in 66 days and raise thousands of pounds for charity.

Andy McMenemy, who celebrates his 50th birthday today, ran the marathons in each of the 66 official UK cities to raise awareness and funds for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The tour, called Challenge66, began in Leeds city centre in March and will finish at York racecourse this afternoon when he completes his 66th and final 31-mile ultra-marathon.

The experienced runner, who has a business as an inspirational speaker and mentor, will have raised the £66,000 funding target when he crosses the line at the Knavesmire course and, subject to confirmation, a new Guinness world record which currently stands at 52 marathons.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund, provides a lifetime of support for soldiers and their families, both during active service and beyond, in times of conflict and peace.

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