A Mayo student has completed an unusual fundraiser, which has generated over €40,000 for frontline healthcare workers fighting Covid-19.

Cathal Freeman completed a marathon length run around a circuit close to his home, just before 7 o'clock this evening.

The 29-year-old is a second-year medical student in the University of Limerick and hadn’t run a distance of more than 10 km until today. 

Last Tuesday, he announced on Twitter that he would run 26 miles - or 42 kilometres - if his post was retweeted more than 2,000 times.

Within days he had hit that target, and set about mapping out a 30 metre circuit on a patch of grass. 

He started his run just after 11 o’clock, with the proceedings being live streamed on the Mayo GAA Facebook page. As an added extra, he undertook the task while soloing a sliotar throughout. 

After around seven and a half hours, he completed 1,400 circuits of the mini track he had set out, near his on-campus student accommodation.

An initial fundraising target of €20,000 was reached earlier this afternoon and in the last few hours, pledges on his gofundme page have topped the €40,000 mark.

The money will be divided between the Irish Cancer Society and the HSE.