James Campbell raises over £29K for NHS with garden marathon

Retired javelin thrower James Campbell has so far raised over £29,000 for the NHS after completing an incredible 26-mile marathon run in his back garden last Wednesday.

Friday, 10th April 2020, 3:54 pm
Updated Friday, 10th April 2020, 3:56 pm
Retired javelin thrower James Campbell now plays football for Gloucestershire-based Brimscombe & Thrupp FC (Pic courtesy of James Campbell)

Former Scotland Commonwealth Games participant James, whose parents were long-time residents of Carluke’s Yieldshields Road, repeatedly ran 6m back and forward outside.

James, who was running on his 32nd birthday, completed the daunting challenge outside the property in Cheltenham in five hours five minutes.

He said afterwards: “I’m choking up a bit. It’s unbelievable, the support and the amount of money it’s raised as well.”

James, who had his javelin career cut short at the age of 26 by shoulder injuries, has spoken out about mental health issues.

He hopes his efforts in running the back garden marathon helped give everyone a break from issues they face surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

You can donate by clicking on the Just Giving link on James’s Twitter page.