Leigh Parke was due to run the Paris Marathon at the weekend but due to its cancellation because of the Covid-19 Pandemic,  the Kilkeel man instead decided to run his very own 'Paris Marathon' lapping the 26 miles around a field on the Longstone Road close to his home.

Leigh Parke
Leigh Parke

Making sure his months of training weren't wasted Leigh completed 105 laps of the field, a final distance of 26.21 miles. Deciding to use the run to also raise funds for the NHS the Mourne Runners athlete set up a JustGiving page in the hope of raising £105 but already has well surpassed that.

The route, distance and time.

As Leigh explains "I was supposed to have ran the Paris marathon but with it being postponed and due to social distancing etc I decided to put the months of training into use and run 105 laps of a field close to my house for my marathon distance.

"My wife suggested on Saturday night to try to raise £105 for the NHS so I put up a JustGiving page and I’ve just went over the £2100 mark. Can’t believe it."

If you would like to contribute towards his Marathon fundraiser go to WWW.JUSTGIVING.COM

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