Former professional javelin thrower James Campbell ran a marathon in his backyard on Wednesday for Britain's National Health Service, raising over £26,000.
Campbell completed the marathon by doing 6-metre shuffles from one end of his garden to the other. He calculated that he would have to do at least 7,000 shuffles to reach 26.2 miles.
10,000 retweets & I'll run a marathon in my back garden. It's about 6 metres long pic.twitter.com/birrnVQ93Y— James Campbell (@jcampbell0104) March 30, 2020
The former athlete said he would take on the challenge of running a marathon in such a small space if his tweet received over 10,000 retweets. It received well over 23,000 retweets.
He completed the marathon in just over five hours and raised more than £18,000 in that time. That figure has now jumped by over £8,000.
Campbell's effort was livestreamed and thousands tuned in to watch including former England international Geoff Hurst. The marathon was commentated on by friends of Campbell while neighbours also shouted encouragement.