“I’ll have to do a real one next” says Campbell after incredible 6m garden marathon for NHS

It was a week that Brimscombe & Thrupp forward James Campbell has described as one of “the craziest weeks of my life” and is already looking ahead to his next challenge. 

Campbell, 32, sent out a tweet on Monday that said if he were to get 10,000 retweets then he would run a marathon (26.2 miles) in his back garden, a garden that was 6 metres in length from end to end.

Well, a retweet from the likes of Chelsea and Belgium striker Michi Batshuayi and Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling saw Campbell collect well over 10k retweets within just 5 hours!

The forward would go on to raise money by doing this challenge for the NHS in this time of uncertainty within society and at the time of writing has raised over £26,000 for the cause.

So what’s next for the former British Javelin athlete? Well he spoke to Severn Sport’s Ryan Butler on Dean Radio to tell us his next step.

“Well I think I’ll have to do a real one next,” laughed Campbell. “Obviously I will need to do a bit more training than I did for this but yeah, why not? It is definitely something I would consider to do now I have completed the challenge. It will be a great chance to raise more money for good causes,” added the former Evesham United and Longlevens man.

Visit http://www.cornellandcompany.co.uk/ for all of your financial planning and mortgage consultancy needs

Campbell joined Ryan for the Severn Sport Show on Dean Radio with Ian Logan-Giles on Saturday morning to discuss the challenge, the worldwide media attention, the suspension of the non-league football season as well as the decision to postpone the Olympics a year and Campbell admitted that the support he has received has blown him away!

“It’s crazy, I’ve had so many messages of support from all over the world,” Campbell said. “To have so many messages from people saying I have inspired them to take up similar, whacky, challenges is amazing really. 

I’ve had messages from across the pond, from places like ESPN, NBC and I am still yet to read and reply to all of them. It’s mind blowing stuff. 

I want to thank the Brimscombe boys for their support, they were tweeting it to all sorts on the night. I think Ash Caldwell sent it to people like The Rock and Kylie Jenner, it just shows how much people wanted to see me do it!” Jokes Campbell.

“Raising the money was the most important thing for me, but other than that the best thing was the support I was getting from everyone. I can only thank everyone who supported me, retweeted me and most importantly donated.” 

You can listen to Campbell talking to Severn Sport in full on Dean Radio from 10am on Saturday morning. Listen on DeanRadio.co.uk or via the TuneIn radio app. 

Click here to visit James’ JustGiving page and donate to the NHS and join in the wonderful experience, which all started with an ambitious tweet on Monday night!

Cover photo provided by Brian Rossiter. Please view his amazing photos on his Flickr page – https://www.flickr.com/people/ross0005/ or on Twitter @BrianRossiter1