ultra running

Gary Spackman: Marathon Man

Gary is well on his way to achieve his goal of running thirteen marathons and seven Ultra marathons this year. He is hoping to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care, a charity close to his heart.

From January this year Gary has completed six marathons which has taken him from Kent, Stratford on Avon, Brighton, Cambridge, Milton Keynes and in Great Barrow in Suffolk. He has also ran the 100K (62miles), from London to Brighton, and the same distance around the Norfolk Coast.

Watch out for Gary at the Equinox Marathon in Leicester and at the Kings Forrest 50K Ultra Marathon in Bury. He has found time to take on the 50mile Longmynd Hike in Shropshire in October.

Do you remember when you first pulled on your running shoes and wondered if you could get to the end of the street before you had to stop? Then over the months your confidence in covering the miles grew and ambitions to run further took you towards the 26 miles of the marathon.  Crossing the line after those long gruelling miles gives most of us a sense of achievement and of not being able to go another step. That didn’t seem to happen with Gary. When Gary joined the club two years ago he was by his own admission far from fit and not entirely healthy. His development as a runner has reflected his enthusiasm and enjoyment of the sport.  But somehow running his first marathons left him with a sense of a job half done. There were more challenges for him beyond the marathon distance.

Gary says “Please don't ask me why because I haven't quite worked that out for myself yet!”

We wish Gary well for the rest of the challenges he is taking on this year. But his plans don’t stop there, next year he hopes to complete twelve ultras in preparation for doing the Marathon des Sables in 2017. What’s this? Just the toughest ultra you can imagine, 156 miles across the Sahara Desert in 50 degree heat. But at least you are not expected to loop back.   

Keep on running Gary!

(Pictured with Kate Ruddock who joined Gary on the Great Barrow Marathon) 

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