CUMBRIA'S marathon man has hit another fundraising milestone as he continues on his epic challenge.

Cleator Moor resident Gary McKee has now completed 64 days of his challenge to complete 110 marathons in 110 days.

He initially set a target of £10,000 - but that has long since been smashed, and he has now passed the £50,000 mark.

Gary, from Cleator Moor, started in February and is running a marathon a day safely adhering to lockdown rules, completing almost 3,000 miles by mid-May.

This challenge will surpass his physical endeavour in 2017 when he completed 100 marathons in 100 days.

Gary said: "It's good news. At this point in my last challenge it was day 98, and this time we got there on day 63 so it was much sooner. It's great.

"I think the million dollar question is how much we will raise. You don't know how much you don't know who will get onboard.

"I'm grateful for what we've got so far. You just keep going and hoping it keeps going up.

"Other people are doing their own fund-raising on my behalf, there's lots of things going on."

Gary is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support Cumbria and West Cumbria Hospice at Home, and has had no shortage of support.

Ennerdale Brewery recently got behind Gary and launched their special craft beer, Marathon Man. All profits from the IPA will go to Macmillan.

Gary was keen to stress that he was not the only person involved in the challenge.

He added: "What we have to remember is there's other people involved.

"Kevin Herrington is doing 55 marathons and he's raised over £11,000 and my son Alfie and his cousin Stuart are cycling.

"They're doing fantastic. To be able to support me by what Alfie is doing, it keeps us both going."