Incomplete challenge is a success

Eugene and Billy McGee posing before their feat of 100K of the Fundraiser Challenge
Eugene and Billy McGee posing before their feat of 100K of the Cumbrian Way in a day

Incomplete challenge is a success

Brothers raise thousands for Carer Support South Lakes despite retiring from brutal challenge because of injury and exhaustion.

Although Eugene and Billy McGee were unable to complete their first ultra-marathon challenge as an awareness and fundraiser for Carer Support South Lakes, it hasn’t stopped kind-hearted people from making a donation. The brothers have doubled their fundraising target, which currently stands at over £2,200.

Eugene and Billy set off from Dalston on Thursday 3 September but an injury for Billy and exhaustion for Eugene meant they were unable to finish their 24hr, 100k Cumbrian Way challenge.

As Eugene explains:

“Unfortunately we had no option but to throw in the towel at 87km. Billy broke his foot on one of the fells, and he was rushed to Keswick Community Hospital by our support crew. I succumbed to exhaustion at midnight on the side of Coniston about 3km north of the Red Lion.

“Despite this, we’ve had a fantastic response from all our sponsors and the whole experience has still been hugely rewarding.

We’re thrilled with the total we raised and the media coverage, hopefully this will not only help fund CSSL but also go towards increasing awareness of the cause.

“We’re both on the mend and back at work on light duties,” adds Eugene.

The brothers came up with the challenge when their Great North Run, scheduled for September, was postponed.

To find out more about their challenge and why the challenge meant so much to them, visit to find out their challenge.