British Man Thwarts Lockdown By Running Marathon In Backyard

British Man Thwarts Lockdown By Running Marathon In Backyard

CHELTENHAM, England (AP) — Staying stuck at residence did not prevent a British gentleman from functioning an outdoor marathon.

James Campbell, a former specialist javelin thrower, invested his 32nd birthday on Wednesday carrying out 6-meter (20-foot) shuttles from 1 close of his little backyard to the other after promising to run a marathon if one particular of his Twitter messages gained 10,000 retweets.

By the time Campbell concluded the marathon in just in excess of five several hours, he had lifted additional than 18,000 pounds ($22,000) for Britain’s National Health Assistance to assistance struggle the coronavirus pandemic.

The effort — labeled the #6metregardenmarathon — was stay-streamed, with former England soccer excellent Geoff Hurst among the the viewers. Neighbors poked their heads above the backyard fence to give Campbell encouragement.

Campbell ran across a patch of grass, some stones and a tiny patio in 6-meter (20-foot) stretches. He calculated he would have to traverse his garden at the very least 7,000 situations to access 42.2 kilometers (26.2 miles).

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James Campbell runs a charity marathon to increase money for the NHS, in his garden, even though the place is in lockdown to command the spread of coronavirus, in Cheltenham, England.

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