Runner completes half marathon at Falkirk home in aid of Strathcarron Hospice

A runner has racked up almost £3500 for a palliative care service after completing a half marathon – through his house.

By Jonathon Reilly
Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 12:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 12:46 pm

Lewis Pentecost set himself the challenge in order to support a local cause during the coronavirus lockdown and has chosen to fundraise for Strathcarron Hospice, where his gran works in its shop.

After completing 655 laps of his home in Broom Crescent, Lionthorn, Falkirk, and almost 22 kilometres, the 19-year-old vowed the pain he felt afterwards was worthwhile.

Lewis, who competes for Falkirk Victoria Harriers, is aiming to represent Scotland at the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham.

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Lewis Pentecost ran 655 laps of his home for Strathcarron.

Few challenges he has faced in his athletics career so far have resembled anything like the one he took on last week as he made his way in, out and round his home.

With his mum and brother on hand to film and keep count of the laps, Lewis set off determined to achieve his goal and help others.

The Falkirk Council apprentice electrician said: “A lot of fundraisers are cancelled and charities will be struggling so I thought I would help.

“I couldn’t really walk the next day because my ankle and knees were so sore but it was worth it.

Lewis Pentecost ran a half marathon through his house in aid of Strathcarron Hospice. Pictures: Michael Gillen.

“Once I got into a rhythm it was okay but once I stopped it was so painful.

“I set a target of £350 and it’s nearly at £3500 with people still making donations.

“Thanks very much to anyone who donated, it means a lot. It’s really generous.”

Lewis is pictured in action during his lockdown challenge.