Emmerdale actor Tony Audenshaw is urging people to join him in running the Experian Robin Hood Marathon on Sunday 12 September to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research - one of the event’s two official charities.
Tony will be among around 12,000 runners expected to take on the 26-mile distance but, having completed previous marathons dressed as a Smurf, a baby, and even Tarzan, chances are he won’t be hard to spot!
This year’s marathon, which marks the event’s 30th Birthday, also has special significance for Tony. The actor, who plays Bob Hope in Emmerdale, first laced up his trainers for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research at the event in 2000 and has since run hundreds of miles as part of the charity’s Banana Army running team sponsored by TVTimes.
Tony says: “I can’t believe it’s been 10 years! I’m looking forward to joining the merry men (and women!) of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Banana Army team at this year’s Robin Hood Marathon. There are still a few places left so come and join me!”
The Experian Robin Hood Marathon offers distances to suit everyone from elite runners to beginners including a marathon, half-marathon, team relay, and a mini-marathon. Emmerdale's ‘Belle Dingle’, 12-year-old actress Eden Taylor-Draper, is starting the mini-marathon, which is a 2.6-mile fun run open to both children and adults.
Kate White, Director of Fundraising at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, says: “The commitment Tony has shown over the last 10 years in running to beat blood cancers has been remarkable.
"We’re really grateful to him and all the stars from television and film who keep turning out to run with the Banana Army. Their efforts make a real difference to the lives of people with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”
Sign up and run!
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research still has a few places left to run alongside Tony and other ‘Banana Army’ members in the event but they’re going fast!
To sign up for the event, visit www.experianfestivalofrunning.co.uk. 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 9096, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the event page.