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Emmerdale star helps launch Experian Robin Hood Marathon

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19 Mar 2010

Entries are now open for the Experian Robin Hood Marathon which takes place on Sunday 12 September. The race, which celebrates its 30th birthday this year, offers three distances to choose from – a marathon, half-marathon and a mini-marathon.

The anniversary year of the race was launched in Nottingham’s Market Square by Emmerdale star Chris Chittell, who was there to encourage runners to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research – one of the event’s two official charities.

Chris Chittell, who plays roguish businessman Eric Pollard in the TV soap, is a regular marathon runner for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s TVTimes Celebrity Running Team. Speaking at the launch, he said: “Running is about bonding with a huge amount of people and being out there together. It’s not about being first, it’s about doing it – and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a great cause to run for.”

The Experian Robin Hood Marathon offers many different options for everybody from elite runners to beginners. Routes, which take in Nottingham city centre and the surrounding Nottinghamshire countryside, include a marathon, a half-marathon and a 2.6-mile fun run, which is open to both children and adults. There is even a relay option for the marathon for five-person teams.

To sign up for the race, visit For a fundraising pack for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s ‘Banana Army’ running team, so-called because of its bright yellow running shirts, call 020 7269 9012, email or visit the event page.

Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s ‘Banana Army’ running team is sponsored by TVTimes and Adidas. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research was previously known as Leukaemia Research. The charity, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010, has changed its name to raise awareness of its longstanding commitment to research into all the blood cancers, including lymphoma and myeloma – not just leukaemia.

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