Running men complete triple challenge

Neil Fitzpatrick and Brett McMann during their three-part marathon challenge
Neil Fitzpatrick and Brett McMann during their three-part marathon challenge

Two close friends from East Ayton have completed a gruelling three-part challenge to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.

Neil Fitzpatrick and Brett McMann, who are both in their 40s, pledged to complete the Humber Half Marathon, the York Marathon and finally the London Marathon, which they successfully completed.

The amount raised for the charity through their various fitness challenges has reached £4,500 but the overall amount raised now stands at a whopping £43,000.

Neil started fundraising for the charity by writing a song called ‘Apart’ and released it in 2014. Raising over £15,000, the song went on to win the UK International Songwriting Contest that year.

Neil and Brett then raised a further £28,000 by organising two charity balls and committing to this latest fitness challenge.

Brett said: “Never in a million years would I have imagined running the London Marathon, or indeed any marathon, but it’s such a wonderful feeling knowing that all of our effort is raising loads of money for such a worthwhile cause.”

Neil lost his Dad, mother-in-law and several close family members to cancer in recent years and has vowed to continue fundraising for the charity.

He said: “Cancer is such an awful illness that wrecks so many lives so if there’s anything we can do to help get closer to finding a cure for it then that’s what we’ll do.”

Visit www.justgiving.com/apartmarathonchallenge to support the Apart project.