James Whyte – backyard marathon at The Combworks
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James Whyte – backyard marathon at The Combworks

At aparto, we truly value community and love it when our residents reflect that, with this being a great example of that.

James Whyte, resident of The Combworks in Aberdeen was unable to run in this year’s Edinburgh Marathon so decided to run his own version in the backyard of his student accommodation – raising hundreds of pounds for key workers in the process.

James Whyte is in his final year of an economics course at Aberdeen University, ran 26.2 miles around the courtyard of The Combworks on Sunday 24th May 2020.

“I am a final year student at the University of Aberdeen studying Economics. I am currently working at Marks & Spencers in Aberdeen while training for my back garden marathon. I always try and grab onto every opportunity possible, to this end I have spent four of my summers in New York at a summer camp, trained as a life guard and now running a marathon for NHS Charities Together.” – James Whyte

Kitted out in running gear emblazoned with rainbows to show solidarity with NHS workers, Mr Whyte completed 395 laps of the courtyard at The Combworks on George Street.

Having completed three marathons in the past, he said the unique circumstances of his latest challenge meant he could not fully prepare.

Our Assistant Manager of The Combworks, Denise, said all aparto staff and residents across the country had been preparing to cheer him on.

She added: “We are so proud to see James taking time out of his busy studies to focus on an extremely worthy cause.

“Not only did he run a marathon in very unusual circumstances – but he did it for the NHS Charities Together – a testament to all his hard work and driven mindset.”

James created a route map (lots of turns in this marathon!)
All money raised was for the NHS charities
Liam Marshall
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