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Armagh runner smashes ultra marathon world record

Stevey McGeown from Co Armagh has broken the world record for the most ultra marathons completed in consecutive days. Picture by Bill Smyth
Gareth McKeown

ANOTHER Armagh man pushing his body to the limit is already celebrating a world record.

Stevey McGeown is more than half-way through a remarkable charity challenge to complete 60 'ultra marathons' in 60 days.

Already he has more than doubled the previous world mark of 21 consecutive ultra marathons set in 2014.

Mr McGeown, who lives outside Armagh but is originally from Ballymacnab, set off on June 1 and is hoping to raise £300,000 for the Keith Duffy Foundation.

It has pledged to support three charities - Fighting Blindness, Buddy Bench Ireland and the Paddy Wallace Fund for Autism.

The 37-year-old covers almost 40 miles each day and yesterday ran from Portarlington in Co Laois and finished in Baltinglass in Co Carlow.

Today he will run from Baltinglass to Wicklow.

At the end of his exploits on July 30 the father-of-three will have travelled across all 32 counties.

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