Last month should have been the date of the 40th London Marathon, which draws in runners from across the Causeway Coast.
But as with so many other mass participation events, the Marathon was postponed due to coronavirus – and is now set to take place on 4th October.
The postponement of the 26-mile event has had a major impact on charities, with it being the world’s biggest one-day annual fundraising event – bringing in £66.4 million for charities in 2019.
However, local Trust Ford employees in Coleraine wanted to raise much needed funds for Macmillan Cancer Support so they organised a socially distanced relay marathon which took place yesterday, Sunday 3rd May.
Graeme Dysart, Adam Parke, Barry Moffatt and Mark Neely ran 6.55 miles in relay, while respecting the two metre rule at the point of change over. The Trust Ford Coleraine team ran 26.2 miles in total and have raised a staggering £2,650 with donations still coming in.
Completing the marathon, Mark Neely, event organiser said “The Lockdown Relay Marathon has been completed in style. The weather was hot and so were your runners, Adam Parke, Mark Neely, Barry Moffatt & Graeme Dysart.
The news filtering through of your donations spurred us on. We’re not all avid ‘runners’ so our target was 4hrs but smashed it with a 3hrs 42mins 15secs finish.”
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