Hero’s welcome for record breaking runner

August 1, 2016

Armagh man Stevey McGeown received a hero’s welcome in his native city on Saturday as he completed his “Epic Adventure” of 60 ultra-marathons in 60 days.

Huge crowds turned out to cheer the super-athlete back to Armagh after his mammoth challenge saw him run 64 km every day, completing 3,780 km around the entire perimeter of Ireland by the time he crossed the finish line on Saturday afternoon.

The 38 year old father-of-three has already broken the world record for completing the most ultra-marathons over consecutive days, which previously stood at 21.  No stranger to epic challenges, the avid runner ran 100 marathons in 100 days last year before deciding to take on the incredible feat of running in one continuous loop all around Ireland.  The goal of his marathon endeavour has been to raise £275,000 for the Keith Duffy Foundation which will help Fighting Blindness, Buddy Bench Ireland and Paddy Wallace Fund For Autism with the proceeds.

As well as his dedicated crew, who travelled with him on every step of his epic adventure, Stevey’s wife Catherine and their three kids, Ben, Katie and Harry have kept him going through the tough early stages of his journey.  The inspirational Armagh man has shown amazing determination throughout his challenge, none more-so than when he lost his beloved grandmother halfway through.  The dedicated runner travelled north for her funeral before returning to continue his incredible journey.

Returning to a rapturous welcome in Armagh city on Saturday afternoon, the intrepid runner paid an emotional tribute to his family thanking them for their unfailing love and support throughout his record breaking trek.  He  was later joined by friends, family and supporters at a celebratory barbeque held at the Armagh City Hotel, the proceeds of which were also donated to his chosen charities.

After consigning himself to the history books forever, the legendary Armagh man can finally put his feet up and enjoy a well earned rest having completed a truly epic adventure.