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A staff team at Better’s Andersonstown Leisure Centre has raised a whopping £1,267 for NHS charities by running their own version of the Belfast Marathon, postponed due to Coronavirus.

A team of 10 individuals each completed the Group Marathon by running 2.6miles of the 26 mile official Marathon distance.

The challenge took place on Sunday 03rd May at 10am, the original date for the postponed 2020 Belfast City Marathon.

Generous sponsors had pushed the fundraising total past £1,200 by 7 May. All money raised will go to the NHS - Belfast Health and Social Care Trust (mental health and learning disabilities department).  

The runners used their local areas and parks (ensuring social distancing) to cumulatively complete the 26 mile marathon distance.

Jacqui Pope, Head of Service for Better Belfast said:

“Staying active and getting daily exercise is crucial during the current period, and Better’s Belfast team decided to use this challenge to also inspire people to get their daily exercise to promote good mental and physical health using #StayActive on social media.

“The event has also been a great way for the Andersonstown staff team to stay connected and engaged with each other while the facilities remain temporarily closed, sharing stories of their training and fundraising.”

The fundraisers smashed their original target of £250.