Man completes full marathon distance on 23-foot balcony while isolating in France

Elisha Nochomovitz shared his achievement on social media in honour of medical staff (Elisha Nochomovitz)
16:25pm, Mon 23 Mar 2020
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A French man has run the distance of a full marathon on his 23-foot balcony to show it is still possible to exercise while in isolation and as a gesture of support for health workers.

Elisha Nochomovitz, a fitness enthusiast from Balma, a suburb of Toulouse, completed the task at a steady rate, finishing the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in a modest six hours and 48 minutes.

Mr Nochomovitz, 32, said the time was not the focus of the run but instead he was hoping to 'de-dramatise' the isolation situation and show his support for medical staff.

He said afterwards: "It was about launching a bit of a crazy challenge and bringing a bit of humour, to de-dramatise the confinement situation."

He praised his girlfriend for her support during his endeavour adding: "I had my girlfriend here who was giving me drinks and M&Ms."

France has reported over 1,000 deaths and a total of over 16,000 cases and is currently observing a full lock-down in a bid to contain the spread. 

People are not permitted to leave their place of residence, even to walk a pet, without documents proving residence and reason for the venture.