Co Tyrone man runs marathon in his driveway to raise money for health workers

Co Tyrone man runs marathon in his driveway to raise money for health workers

A MAN from Co. Tyrone has run a marathon in his driveway in a bid to raise money for the NHS and for those fighting coronavirus.

Keith Clarke from Dungannon described the feat as "run the drive to stay alive" and completed the task on Monday.

Not only did he complete it, but he pushed a wheelbarrow as we went. As if the feat wasn't challenging enough.

Keith ended up circling his driveway a staggering 416 times, which took him five-and-a-half hours.

He also raised a total of over £2,000, all of which will be donated to the Intensive Care Society in its fight against Covid-19.

The Northern Irishman, who works as a personal trainer, told PA new agency: " I saw a few people on social media doing a few runs in their garden and I know we’re not allowed out of our homes so I thought, I’ve a bit of a driveway here and I’ve done a few challenges, so I thought now is a good time as any.

"I’ll hopefully inspire a few people to go and do some running themselves.

"I set up a JustGiving page on Sunday night and I had a target of £300 and it jumped to £470 in no time at all.

"I said if I get to £1,500 by 9am on Monday I would push the wheelbarrow so had raised £1,600 by Monday morning and had to get the wheelbarrow out."

Remarkably, this isn't the first time Keith had completed a marathon while pushing a wheelbarrow, and he even ran the Dublin marathon backwards a few years ago.

At the end of Monday’s marathon he had raised over £2,100.

"I’m very pleased about that," he added.

"We’ve a lot of friends and family supporting us.

"I’ve had to close my gym so this is keeping me active. My clients are staying active and running up and down their driveways too.

"I want to try and help the NHS as much as we can. It’s unforeseen times and I know everybody needs a lot of money.

"I just can’t believe how much I have raised and how people have been donating. I know it’s hard times at the moment, especially people off work.

"I’m chuffed to bits and the wheelbarrow added a bit of craic to it.

"It shows you don’t have to go far to raise money. You just have to get your head right, that’s all you need to do. You will quickly clock up a few miles."