Canaries chaplain DOUBLES fundraising target with treadmill marathon test

Norwich City chaplain Jon Norman runs a marathon on a treadmill in his garden. Picture: Courtesy of

Norwich City chaplain Jon Norman runs a marathon on a treadmill in his garden. Picture: Courtesy of Jon Norman - Credit: JN

The chaplain of Norwich City Football Club has thanked his supporters for their generosity after completing a gruelling treadmill challenge - and coming close to doubling a fund-raising target in the process.

Norwich City Football Club chaplain Jon Norman is running a fund-raising marathon on a treadmill Pic

Norwich City Football Club chaplain Jon Norman is running a fund-raising marathon on a treadmill Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2019

Jon Norman, senior pastor at Soul Church in Norwich, spent more than five hours on a treadmill on Friday running the length of a marathon - broadcasting every punishing moment along the way.

The challenge was in a bid to raise funds to help the local response to the Covid-19 outbreak, from supplying families with food via the Norwich Foodbank to purchasing storage space for donated supplies.

Mr Norman had set himself the ambitious target of raising £10,000 - and was blown away when he saw this figure almost doubled, with donations approaching the £20,000 mark late on Friday evening.

The father-of-two said: “I honestly would have been happy with £500 at the beginning of the day, but everyone was just so generous. I really think the situation we are all in has brought people closer together and this generosity just shows that. There’s a true sense of camaraderie at the minute - a feeling that we are all going through this together.

Jon Norman running a marathon on his home treadmill Picture: @JonJNorman on Instagram

Jon Norman running a marathon on his home treadmill Picture: @JonJNorman on Instagram - Credit: @JonJNorman on Instagram

“I think people saw this as a really positive distraction - so many people watched me and cheered me on and seeing all the comments really helped me along.”


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Last year, Mr Norman and former Norwich City defender Louis Blois ran seven marathons in a day for the Soul Foundation, but this was unlike any other run he has completed.

“It was the first marathon I’d ever run on a treadmill which was a big challenge - I also didn’t train for it so I feel I might be fairly sore in the morning. It was a lot harder to focus than when you’re out there in the world.”

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Mr Norman finished the challenge in five hours and seven seconds, which he completed in his own back garden.

Jon Norman running a marathon on his home treadmill Picture: @JonJNorman on Instagram

Jon Norman running a marathon on his home treadmill Picture: @JonJNorman on Instagram - Credit: @JonJNorman on Instagram

Meanwhile, a documentary providing a behind the scenes look of the pair’s marathon challenge was premiered on the Soul Church’s YouTube challenge that same evening.

Norwich City chaplain Jon Norman runs a marathon in his garden, Picture: Jon Norman

Norwich City chaplain Jon Norman runs a marathon in his garden, Picture: Jon Norman - Credit: Jon Norman

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