Middleham trainer tests positive for coronavirus

Mark Johnston.

Middleham racehorse trainer Mark Johnston has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The trainer says he is in isolation since displaying symptoms and then testing positive for the virus.

The 60-year-old told horseracingplanet.com: “I didn’t really want any publicity because I didn’t want to make a meal of it.

“I’ve been isolated since last Tuesday but other people are a lot worse off than I am; other people have bigger problems so you don’t want to blow it up.

“It started with a cough and I tried to play it down. I didn’t really think I had it but after four days my temperature was off the scale and then I had no choice but to accept it.

“I did one of those tests you have to pay for. We were fairly sure, but we got the result of that yesterday.”

He added: “Hospital is the last place I wanted to go given what you see on the news.

“I’ve had an online consultation and the doctor keeps telling you that as you’re continuing to breathe OK, then stay at home and don’t go to hospital, so that’s what I’m working on.”

During the crisis, the trainer’s wife Deidre and son Angus have been entertaining the Johnston yard’s followers on social media with acoustic singalongs.



  1. I wasn’t aware that you can buy tests for Coronavirus. I would be grateful if someone could let me know where to buy them from please.

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