Brave Ben supports running man challenge

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MARATHON man Andy McMenemy sprinted into Sheffield in the latest leg of an epic challenge to run 66 races in as many days.

Andy set off from Graves Park in Norton on the fourth of his 50km ‘ultra-marathons’ - five-and-a-half miles longer than a standard 26.2-mile marathon.

He hopes to set a new world record by completing all 66 races with no days of rest in between.

The 49-year-old experienced runner started his fundraising feat with race one in Leeds and hopes to cross the finishing line of race 66 in York on May 20.

The aim is to raise £1 million for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which helps soldiers, former soldiers and their families.

Brave South Yorkshire paratrooper Ben Parkinson waved Andy off at the starting line in Graves Park, just as he had supported him when his challenge began in Leeds.

The 26-year-old, from Bessacarr in Doncaster, lost both legs and suffered a broken back, hips and ribs in a landmine blast in Afghanistan in 2006.

Andy, a dad-of-one, and the son of a former soldier, said: “It was great to be running in Sheffield. The support my Challenge 66 has received so far in the county is incredible, but we do need people to go to our website and donate.”

Donations can be made online at or by texting the word ARMY to 70700.

Andy will run 50 marathons in England, six in Scotland, five in Ireland, and five in Wales.