Deacon runs for CAFOD charity funds

John McCann is running 10 marathons in 10 days.
John McCann is running 10 marathons in 10 days.

A parish deacon headed closer to completing his 80th marathon when he took part in the London Marathon this year to raise money for some of the poorest people in the world.

John McCann, 62, a Deacon for Blessed John Henry Newman Parish in Morecambe joined over 35,000 runners in London last Sunday.

John, who is a member of Kendal Athletics Club, has been running for 30 years and has previously completed over 70 marathons including the London Marathon, Snowden Marathon and the Lochness Marathon. Last year John and 14 others ran the Windermere Marathon every day for 10 consecutive days.

John said: “I’ve lost count of how many marathons I’ve completed but it’s over 70. I usually finish in less than fourhours and so I hope to do the same this time round.

“On the other hand, age is not making me any faster.”

John runs marathons every year and runs for a variety of charities but John’s local parish - Blessed John Henry Newman - have always encouraged John to run marathons for CAFOD.

“It’s almost become an annual expectation,” said John.

Accompanying John to the marathon will be his wife, ready to cheer him on as she always has done.

CAFOD manager for Lancaster Rosa Trelfa said: “We’re so proud of John, what an amazing feat, and all the other runners. CAFOD would like to thank them for all their support.”

John joined 23 other runners taking part for Team CAFOD aiming to raise over £50,000.