Rugby league has deep roots with community with the amateur game being so important to so many individuals but also the professional game having brilliant outreach programmes across their own local areas and a key aspect to this is charity work.
2022 has arguably been one of the best examples for the rugby league family uniting behind charitable campaigns with Kevin Sinfield’s brilliant efforts to raise awareness and ultimately money to fund research for Motor Neurone Disease topping £7 million in donations and culminating in the recognition of both his and former teammate, Rob Burrow’s, battles to raise awareness at the Sports Personality of the Year awards.
One man who Sinfield himself has joined in their own personal challenge is Gary McKee, the so-called Marathon Man, who is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice at Home West Cumbria, both brilliant cancer charities and has concluded it today.
McKee completed 110 marathons in 110 days in 2021 but set himself the challenge of one marathon every single day in 2022, thus 365 in 365.
👏 Good Luck to ‘Marathon Man’ and Wigan fan, Gary McKee who will complete his 365th Marathon in 365 days today!
— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪️ (@WiganWarriorsRL) December 31, 2022
In time for 2023, Wigan fan McKee reached his £1 million target and now can rest after a difficult 2022.
— Gary McKee (@Marathon_Man365) December 31, 2022
He will be hoping the Warriors can deliver Grand Final glory in 2023 for him.