Ultra Record Holder Celebrates With Finish-Line Beer

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 24, 2011
Andy McMenemy drank a lager at the finish line of his last ultra. Photo:

Andy McMenemy drank a lager at the finish line of his last ultra. Photo:

His final ultra marathon was in York, England.

Endurance athlete Andy McMenemy is famous. He can now find his name in the Guinness Book of World Records. His feat: completing 66 ultras in 66 days.

At the final finish line in York, England, he sipped from his first beer since he set out on the adventure on March 13.

McMenemy’s feat was for a good cause. Each 50K race started from one of England’s cities and raised money for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity (formerly the Army Benevolent Fund).

 The ultra record holder is a former auto industry executive. He’s also a motivational speaker and a veteran of the famous Marathon des Sables — five and a half marathons in six days across the Sahara Desert.

I knew this was going to take me past my usual comfort zone,” he recalls. “The longest I had done before was around 150 miles in six days. Now I was facing 217 miles a week for nine weeks. That’s a total of 2,050 miles.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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