Breakthrough Cancer Research has launched a virtual race fundraiser that will see participants cover 2km in distance for 20 days during the month of April.

The medical research charity often raises money through race days and events but they cannot take place at the moment due to current Covid-19 restrictions. 

This fundraiser,  nicknamed 'The Race That Nearly Wasn't', is now under way and Irish Olympian David Gillick is leading the charge.

"During this lockdown people are still being diagnosed with cancer," said Mr Gillick who will complete the challenge in his back garden, running the length of it 40 times a day.

CEO of Breakthrough Cancer Research, Orla Dolan, said charities need to find "new, innovative ways" to fundraise during the pandemic.

Participants can run, jog or walk their 2km a day, with the charity urging people to stay within the 2km radius of their home in line with Government guidelines.

For more information on how to support or take part, visit wwww.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie