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Edinburgh West MP congratulates record breaker on ‘superhuman feat’

May 20, 2011 12:01 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh West's MP, Mike Crockart, has sent his congratulations to Andy McMenemy, a campaigner for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) - the Soldiers' Charity, as he sets a new world record today for having completed 66 consecutive ultra marathons (50km).

Andy, who has run each ultra-marathon in every one of the UK's 66 cities, and who will have raised over £70,000 for the ABF, was joined by Mike on Sunday, as they ran around Arthur's Seat together for Andy's Edinburgh leg of the challenge.

Congratulating Andy today, Mike said:

"Joining Andy for ten kilometres on Sunday was hard enough - I can't imagine how tough it has been for him to run fifty kilometres, sixty-six times, every day without a day off. It is a truly astounding achievement, and I congratulate him wholeheartedly on completing this superhuman feat.

"ABF, The Soldiers' Charity, are also celebrating sixty-six successful years of delivering outstanding support to British Army personnel. They provide truly wonderful services, assistance and levels of support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. But, being a charity, they depend entirely on public donations and goodwill.

"As a result of current operations it is anticipated that the requests for help will rise significantly in the coming years. That's why ABF need to increase fundraising to £14 million a year by 2015 to be sure that they can provide assistance for each and every soldier that needs a helping hand.

"I encourage anyone who has not already sponsored Andy to look at the fantastic work that the ABF do, and to donate whatever you can, so they can continue their invaluable work."

More information about the ABF, including on how to donate to them, can be found at their website: http://www.soldierscharity.org/


More information on Andy McMenemy and Challenge 66 can be found at www.challenge66.org