Scotland 7s international rugby player, Kaleem Barreto, is set to attempt his first ever marathon tomorrow to raise funds for NHS CharitiesTogether.
Kaleem, who is a former pupil of Glenalmond College in Perthshire and currently contracted to Stade Nicois in France, is at home for lockdown with his family in Dundee. His plan is to run the majority of his marathon length round his garden at home to comply with stay-home restrictions.
The 21-year-old scrum-half player has never attempted a marathon, or even a half-marathon, before but is determined to run the 26.2 miles in tribute to those working in frontline medical roles at the moment.
"I have a good level of fitness, having been in training as a professional rugby player, but I am very much not a natural runner. In fact I don't think I have ever run for more than 40 minutes before so the prospect of running for four hours is something I am not taking lightly!" he said.
Kaleem is at home with four other members of his family who will all be providing moral support tomorrow. Kaleem is due to start his run at around 10am and would welcome support via his JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kaleem-barreto
"We were delighted to hear about Kaleem's marathon run and send him very best wishes from all at Glenalmond," said Dr Michael Alderson, Head of Glenalmond College.
"Resilience and ambition are qualities which we very much encourage in our pupils and I am sure that Kaleem will be reflecting back on his school days during his run! Hopefully knowing that we are all behind him will help to keep him going," Dr Alderson added.