St Mary’s Man Completes ‘MUGA Marathon’

Duncan Graham

Duncan Graham

A St Mary’s man has completed a gruelling 26-mile run around the sports hall multi-use games area.

Duncan Graham was accepted for the London Marathon, running on behalf of the Leonard Cheshire Home in Marazion, but couldn’t travel to the capital for yesterday’s event because of family commitments. So he spent much of Sunday running 288 laps of the sports rectangle, watched by family and friends.

Duncan finished the challenge in 3 hours 35 minutes.

When he last ran the Tresco Marathon he did it in 3 hours 24 minutes and says that wasn’t as boring as Sunday’s run. The repetitive circuits would have been harder to complete if there wasn’t such support, says Duncan.

Around halfway through the run it started to get tedious, says Duncan, but experienced runner John Horton joined him and “chatted away for 8 miles” which helped the time pass.

The repetitive circuits and the 90-degree turns every few meters around the court also became a challenge. Duncan says he has pains where he’d never had them before, but adds that the people he’s raising money for suffer that type of pain every day of their life which puts it into perspective.

And Duncan says he’s proud that his sons Corey and Ethan joined their dad for part of the run.

He’s not sure how much has been raised for the charity yet and says he needs to add the donations to the cash raised when he was running with his Olympic torch in the summer.