The Moylagh JFK 50 Mile Challenge has now raised over one million euro for cancer services and research since the event’s inception 11 years ago.

The latest running of the fundraiser took place last month and raised close to €92,000, bringing the total amount raised to date over and above the €1m mark.

The beneficiaries include the Irish Cancer Society, the LARCC Cancer Support Centre in Mullingar and local palliative care services.

The run sees competitors setting out from Moylagh each year and having to complete 50 miles in less than 20 hours.

The fundraiser spans counties Cavan, Meath and Westmeath and its very original name springs from a challenge that was set for military officers in the US by the late president John F Kennedy.