A MUM-OF-TWO has shown the coronavirus cannot stop pedal power as she bids to clock up 1,000 miles to thank staff at a hospital for supporting her son.

At the beginning of the year, Kayleigh Jamieson Tait revealed plans to run the ambitious target ahead of the Scottish Half Marathon, which takes place in September, in aid of the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and to mark son Jack turning 10 this year.

However, the coronavirus has already seen the cancellation of a number of events, including the London Marathon, which was due to take place on April 26.

With the event postponed, runners were challenged to take on an event based around the numbers two and six, to reflect the number of miles in a marathon.

So Kayleigh, of Macmerry, swapped her running shoes for a static bike to keep adding up the miles.

The determined mum’s son Jack, nine, regularly attends the Royal Hospital for Sick Children for ongoing treatment for his asthma.

The primary five pupil at the village’s primary school was diagnosed with the condition when he just three months old.

He visits the hospital every three months, and Kayleigh praised “the bond” that had been created between the family and staff at the hospital in the Capital.

She said: “I thought I would do the 26 miles on the bike.

“I found it much harder cycling the 26 miles than running it. My husband said he did not understand that I was complaining – I was actually sitting, of course, while cycling. But I would much rather be out running than on the bike.

“I cycled it in about an hour-and-a-half whereas the marathon took me four-and-a-half hours to run.”

The 30-year-old told the Courier she was still counting up the miles and had passed the 300 marker.

However, she had been hampered by the global pandemic, which has seen a number of events she was planning to take part in postponed or cancelled.

That includes the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, where Kayleigh was planning to run the full marathon, as well as the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre events, and The Winton Trail.

To support Kayleigh and the charity, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kayleigh-jamieson-tait5