28 October 2009


28th October 09

This November, Gus Mckechnie will be running the New York Marathon the fourth year in a row. On November 1st Gus will be pounding the streets of Manhattan to raise money for a number of different charities including the Ellen Macarthur Trust and the Leukaemia research fund.

The New York Marathon is just one challenge in a series of herculean tasks Gus has set himself with the aim of raising money for charity in memory of his late mother, brother and father. Gus sadly lost his father and brother in 2003 to a genetic condition called haemachromatosis and in 2007 he lost his mother to cancer.

Gus, who lives in Southampton, is currently covering the distance around the equator on a stationary bike on Red Funnel Ferries and has so far, covered 12,300 miles. All the fitness training is clearly paying off as Gus was invited to Paralympics trials in September.  He has a form of cerebral palsy and is also losing peripheral vision and tolerance to light in his left eye.

The Trust recently received £6000 from Gus which was presented at the PSP Southampton Boat Show at the end of the Ellen MacArthur Trust Skandia Round Britain voyage and so far Gus has raised the huge sum of £25,000 in memory of his family. He plans to continue his charity efforts in the future with plans to take part in further marathons, Iron Man events and long distance challenges aboard Red Funnel Ferries.  Tom Pell-Stevens, Marketing Manager says “Gus is doing a fantastic job raising money for charity and has received a great response from all our customers. We’re proud to be working with him and would like to wish him the best of luck in New York this weekend.”

Good luck in this next challenge Gus!! From everyone at the Ellen MacArthur Trust.

To find out more and to sponsor Gus please visit ; www.redfunnel.co.uk/gus

For further information please call 07800745769.