The Journal Gazette
Sunday, April 05, 2020 1:00 am


Englishman runs marathon in backyard to fight COVID-19

Staff, news services

CHELTENHAM, England – Being stuck at home didn't stop a British man from running an outdoor marathon.

James Campbell, a former professional javelin thrower, spent his 32nd birthday March 25 by doing 20-foot shuttles from one end of his small backyard to the other after promising to run a marathon if one of his Twitter messages received 10,000 retweets.

By the time Campbell completed the marathon in just over five hours, he had raised more than $22,000 for Britain's National Health Service to help battle the coronavirus pandemic.

The effort – labeled the #6metregardenmarathon – was live-streamed, with former England soccer great Geoff Hurst among the viewers.

Neighbors poked their heads over the backyard fence to give Campbell encouragement.

Campbell ran across a patch of grass, some stones and a small patio in 20-foot stretches. He calculated he would have to traverse his yard at least 7,000 times to reach 26.2 miles.

DNR continues springfish stocking in state

Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Fish & Wildlife recently began spring fish stockings at locations across the state.

Biologists from state fisheries will coordinate statewide with city and county parks to gain access for stocking purposes.

DNR is striving to ensure the safety of the public and staff.

As stocking trucks are on the road and stocking fish, please remember to practice social distancing.

Some egg collection efforts have been canceled for this year. Each year, DNR staff collect walleye and muskellunge (muskie) eggs from wild sources to sustain populations across the state. Though nearly all of Indiana's walleye waters are sustained through stocking, missing one year of stocking should not significantly affect walleye fishing. Saugeye and muskie fishing also look positive. Muskies are a long-lived species, and their lifespans temper the effect of missed stockings.

For more information on fish stocking efforts, go to

For the most up-to-date information regarding DNR and COVID-19, visit

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