Gary’s marathon fundraising effort

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A runner who tackled 12 gruelling marathons in 12 months for charity pushed himself even further — by tackling an extra race!

Gary Bird, a member of Sutton-in-Ashfield Harriers Athletics Club, raised cash for Cardiac Risk in the Young charity (CRY), after his friend, Luke Morton, died from a cardiac condition.

Setting out the challenge, Gary explained: “I’m doing this as reading the stats on the CRY website and knowing people who have died from sudden cardiac death is just shocking.

“Eeach week 12 fit and healthy people will just drop dead but each and every death is preventable if people are screened.

“Any donations will go straight to CRY and help to prevent any more needless deaths.

“Im doing this in memory of Luke Morton, a young lad with his whole life ahead of him, that was taken from us way to soon.

“This is for you Luke, keep smiling.”

Gary started off with The Wilmot Wander in Derby in January. In February he completed The Belvoir ChallengeIn march he ran in the Charnwood Marathon in Leicestershire. In April he headed to Grantham to run in the Caythorpe Canter. Later in April he also ran the Manchester Marathon. In May he ran in the White Peak Derbyshire Hills. In June he ran from Boston to Skegness. In August it was The Grim Reaper Night Marathon at Grunby Hall, Linconshire. In September he completed the Robin Hood Marathon, the Mablethorpe Marathon and the Leicester Marathon.

Not content with his efforts he added the Eden to Land’s End run in November. The run started at the Eden Project and the route and Gary’s marathons for the year finished at Land’s End.

Gary has spent hours training and travelled the country at his own expense to so far raise £400.

His efforts have seen him cover a total of 351.8 miles since January.

After completing the challenge, Gary posted on his online fundraising page: “Wow, just finished my 12, well ended up doing 13 marathons!

“Many thanks for your donations and your kind words, it’s been a pretty amazing year.”

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