Meet Gerry McLelland, who is one of our Totalcare engineers working in Scotland. Gerry has set himself a very particular challenge for 2019 – he plans to complete 12 marathons in 12 months, and has already taken the first step by successfully completing the El Cajasiete Gran Canaria Marathon, ranked amongst the great European marathons.
Raising awareness of mental health issues
Gerry is no stranger to physical challenges, and includes amongst his achievements an ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro. This real life Action Man began running many years ago because of the positive impact on his own mental health, and now works to raise awareness of mental health issues. He has raised funds for organisations including Chris’s House, Scotland’s first 24 hour, non-medical crisis centre, and St Andrew’s Hospice.
Fundraising for Martin House Hospice
Gerry, who has worked for Mitton Group now for 2 years, is a great advocate of the benefits of exercise as a therapy, including hill walking, cycling and running. In and amongst, he’ll be fundraising for Mitton Group’s newly adopted charity for this year, Martin House Hospice. He is hoping to organise bag pack days in the Morrisons stores he looks after as part of the Totalcare team.
We wish Gerry luck in his endeavours – he’ll be taking part in the Seville marathon in February, Barcelona in March and Milan in April. Somewhere along the way he’ll also be completing a 250 kilometre cycle ride in Palestine!
Continuing The Saga Of Mitton’s Fastest Man…
So we’re into August and fleet of foot Gerry is still on the run!
He’s now onto marathon number 8 and says he’s finding his mojo – lots of forward momentum and the body getting into better condition!
He’ll fly out to Helsinki on 23rd August and run the Garmin Helsinki City Marathon on 24th of August, which is his birthday (he’s not saying which!) enjoying beautiful sea views along the way.
A two week break then out to take on marathon number 9, the Spar Budapest marathon – three really warm running events coming up so a test of Gerry’s mettle!
Palestine, Munich, Athens and Valencia await our running man!
A marathon every month …….
So he’s done it – Mitton’s own Marathon Man Gerry McLelland has run a marathon every month for 2019. He’s put one foot in front of the other on Gran Canaria, in Seville and Barcelona, in Milan, Copenhagen, Derry, Dundee, Helsinki, Palestine, Budapest, Munich, Strathclyde and Malaga – we make that thirteen in total, so he’s exceeded his own target!
He’s now taking a bit of a rest over the festive season before picking up speed again next year, when he’s turning his attention to Rome, Paris, Berlin, Valencia, London and the Great Wall of China marathons. We’ll keep you posted!