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Civic award for Copeland's 'Marathon man'

Gary McKee collects Freedom of the Borough award with his family Photo: Copeland Borough Council

Marathon man Gary McKee has been awarded the Freedom of the Borough of Copeland.

Mr McKee, who ran 100 marathons in 100 days for Macmillan Cancer Support, received the rare accolade – the highest a local authority can bestow – at a ceremony in his home town of Cleator Moor today.

Mr McKee said he was “humbled” to have received the accolade, and extended his thanks to all those who have supported him.

In presenting Mr McKee with his gold inscribed Freedom of the Borough badge, Copeland Mayor Mike Starkie said that his record-breaking marathons achievement earlier this year was “remarkable and truly inspiring”.

The £100,000 he raised took the total he has collected for Macmillan to over £300,000.

“Although I've known about the award for quite a while, it still feels unreal to be recognised by the Council and presented with the Freedom of the Borough award. It means everything to me.

“I’m humbled to be seen through the eyes of others as inspirational and a driver for change.

“But the really remarkable part is the money that people have donated, and the support they have offered me. That’s the inspirational story.”

– Gary McKee