Michael, 83, takes on Scunthorpe Parkrun for 286th time to raise funds for cancer patients

An 83-year-old runner took on the challenge of running the Scunthorpe Parkrun for the 286th time, to raise funds for cancer patients.

Michael McInerney has always loved being outdoors and was a keen cyclist, but took up running in his mid-50s. His first marathon was in Boston and since falling in love with the sport, he has completed 35 full marathons, over 100 half marathons and is somewhat of a legend at Scunthorpe Parkrun.

Throughout his journey, Michael has committed himself to raising funds for charities close to his heart. Yesterday (Saturday, January 6), he took part in Scunthorpe’s milestone 500th Parkrun, to kick off his own month-long Parkrun challenge.


From his challenge, Michael is raising funds for a cause personal to him. After receiving exceptional care from the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital for cancer, he wants to give back to the centre by raising money for other patients.

Michael said: “This is my personal thank you to the nursing staff and team at the Queen’s Centre at Castle Hill Hospital for the care they have provided me over the past two and a half years. I wouldn’t be here without their marvellous care.

“Everyone has been fantastic with me. The funds I manage to raise through my jogging and walking will help other patients like me at Castle Hill through the hospital’s WISHH Charity.”

Michael McInerney with his son Michael Jnr, granddaughter Amy and grandson Conor
Michael McInerney with his son Michael Jnr, granddaughter Amy and grandson Conor

57 years ago, Michael came to Scunthorpe from Ireland – intending to stay three weeks to work at Lindsey Oil Refinery – but has been here ever since. He is looking forward to completing his January challenge and would like to thank his family, local running club Scunthorpe and District, and the many friends at Parkrun and supporting running clubs for their support over the years.

Michael’s grandson, Conor McInerney, added: “We are incredibly proud of my grandad. My dad has also completed the same number of Parkruns and my sister Amy and I will be walking and jogging alongside him throughout January to support him as he raises funds to support cancer patients at the Queen’s Centre, Castle Hill Hospital.”

Lisa Whitton, WISHH Charity Manager said: “It has been a great privilege to team up with Michael and his family to help support him and raise awareness of his fantastic challenge. I will be working alongside Michael and the nursing team at the Queen’s Centre, to look at how the funds raised will help make a difference to patients receiving care.”

Original artice: https://www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/all-about/scunthorpe

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