We've got some superstars in our TVTimes running team, who take part in sporting events across the country to raise money to beat blood cancer.
Best known for his role as Eric Pollard in 'Emmerdale', actor Chris Chittell has been a long term supporter of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Since then Chris’s unrelenting support has not only included running hundreds of miles but also taking on various challenges, organising cricket matches and attending events all over the country.
Dean is a familiar face on television, having appeared in series including 'Life on Mars', 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Marchlands' and 'Last Tango in Halifax'. He became a supporter of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in 2012.
As a keen cyclist, he's taken on London | Paris and the Great Manchester Cycles. He's also been part of our Celebrity Running Team and taken part in the Blenheim Triathlon. Dean is a talented singer and has entertained the audiences at our 'Christmas with the Stars' concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.
‘The work that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research does is vital in reaching the ultimate goal of achieving a cure for all types of blood cancer. The charity has already helped to improve life expectancy immeasurably and it’s so important that their research continues.’
After losing his grandfather to blood cancer, 'Casualty' and 'Call the Midwife' actor George felt inspired to get involved with us in 2011 and support our life-saving work. As a very keen runner, donning the distinctive yellow vest was a natural way for George to join us and since being part of the team he has completed over 20 running events.
“Running for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research means a lot to me. The work of the charity is imperative for families who face difficult times and I know first-hand that the research the charity invests in is crucial.”
Gwilym currently plays DS Charlie Nelson in 'Midsomer Murders'. As a newer member of the team he's already completed several events including the London Marathon and the Blenheim Palace Triathlon.
“I grew up in a medical family: my mother was a haematologist and my father a paediatrician, so I understand the horrible nature of these illnesses and how important it is to try and overcome them through medical research. It's a long process and one that requires our long term commitment, but I believe this charity does great work in raising awareness and moving towards one day finding a cure for blood cancers.“
Starring in 'Taggart', 'Coronation Street' and now 'Holby City' means that John's been a very familiar face on television for many years. John joined us in 2002 and since then has been a great champion in our vision to beat blood cancer, supporting us at events all over the country. This has included running several marathons and dancing on the stage of The Royal Albert Hall.
“Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a great charity and I love being part of the team. It’s like a big family raising money for a wonderful cause that is close to our hearts.”
Mark Lewis Jones
Mark is a Welsh actor who has worked in theatre, television and film including 'Robin Hood', 'The Other Boleyn Girl', 'Stella' and 'Baker Boys'. He became part of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research family in 2006.
As a keen runner and someone who thrives on challenges he decided to take on ‘the toughest footrace on earth’, the Marathon des Sables, in 2014. “I felt it was time to stretch myself to the absolute limit and give a little back to these extraordinary people who work tirelessly to raise funds to research and ultimately beat blood cancer”.
Nicola is best known for playing the role of Nicola King in 'Emmerdale' - she's been our supporter for almost as long as her ITV tenure. Since joining us in 2003, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and the running team have “become more like an old family friend”.
“I now run and cycle for all those families dealing with blood cancer. Treatment is crucial but a cure cannot be found without research. We are Unstoppable”.
Welsh actor Richard has worked in many films and television series including 'Lark Rise to Candleford', 'Holby Blue', 'Collision' and recently appearing as the lead character in 'Hinterland', filmed in both Welsh and English.
He's supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research since 2007 and he also took up the challenge of the Marathon des Sables in 2014.
“As we embark on this journey we desperately want to nourish our team of Cardiff researchers with the right amount of financial prosperity as they are so close to beating this disease – it’s within their grasp”
Sam is a Scottish actor, currently working on the Starz and Sony production 'Outlander'. A member of the running team since 2011, he's run many half and full marathons and also completed his first triathlon last year at Blenheim Palace.
“We have to battle cancer. Many of my close family and friends have fought their own cancer battle. We need to support their cause in any way we can. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are doing this through research, patient information and clinical trials. They are a caring, diligent charity which I am proud to be part of: let's beat blood cancer.”
Tony is proud to have been running and cycling with the team since he joined 'Emmerdale' as café owner Bob Hope in 2000. As well as taking part in umpteen races he has performed regularly at the Christmas with the Stars concerts with the band White Van Man. He's also recorded two running-related songs in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, The Great North Run Song and The Things You Hear (The Day Before a Marathon). Tony's also got a blog where you can read how he's been supporting us. He's recently appeared on ITV's 'The Chase' to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
“It’s a privilege to be part of this wonderful team of like minded people supporting the boffins and their mind boggling medical advances. If we all keep doing our bit, in our own little way, together we will beat blood cancer.”
Other TVTimes running team members:
Al is a long-term supporter and has taken part in many running events. He’s recently appeared in ‘Cloud Atlas’, ‘Rush’, ‘Sherlock’ and ‘Utopia’.
Andrew has appeared in both the National Theatre production and the film adaptation of ‘The History Boys’. His recent TV work includes ‘The Village’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘Father Brown’.
A Welsh actor and singer, Aneirin has recently appeared in the detective series ‘Hinterland’.
Cal MacAninch and Shauna Macdonald
This husband and wife team have both been great supporters for many years, taking part in events all over the country. Cal’s many TV appearances include ‘Mr Selfridge’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Wild at Heart’. Shauna’s latest credits include ‘Filth’, ‘Made in Belfast’ and ‘Ripper Street’.
Chris has run with the team on a number of occasions over the past 15 years.
Eden Taylor Draper
Eden plays Belle Dingle in ‘Emmerdale’ and was ambassador for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research at the junior Great Run Series.
Graeme is known for his recent roles in ‘Coronation Street’, ‘In with the Flynns’ and ‘Love & Marriage’. He’s been our supporter for many years, having organised cricket matches, sung at the Royal Albert Hall and been part of the running team.
Iain’s various television roles include roles in ‘Castle in the Sky’, ‘Mrs Biggs’, ‘Titanic’ and ‘The Promise’. He really enjoys running marathons to beat blood cancer.
Jason has been our supporter for many years, and in addition to running with the team he’s also appeared at our Christmas concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
Jason has appeared in many TV series, including ‘Waterloo Road’ and ‘Lark Rise to Candleford’. He’s currently playing Declan Macey in ‘Emmerdale’.
Jay has appeared in theatre, on film and on TV and is currently appearing in the hugely successful ‘Wolf Hall’ in London’s West End.
Jeff Hordley and Zoe Henry
Another husband and wife team, Jeff and Zoe are best known for their roles in ‘Emmerdale’. They’ve supported us for over ten years and are keen runners.
Laura’s many television series include ‘Lemon La Vida Loca’, ‘Pramface’, ‘Citizen Khan’ and ‘4 O’Clock Club’.
Commonwealth and World championships gold medallist and Olympic silver medallist Liz was our celebrity running team patron for over 15 years.
Matthew’s best known for his role as David Metcalfe in ‘Emmerdale’.
BBC sports presenter ran the London Marathon for us in 2013, carrying a camera with him for the entire race.
Matt’s television series include ‘Waterloo Road’, ‘Lemon La Vida Loca’, ‘Emmerdale’ and ‘Casualty’.
Ray Macallan and Sarah Anthony
Ray and Sarah have been long-term supporters of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, and in between acting roles have travelled all over the country taking part in events.
Rik’s best known for playing Nikhil Sharma in ‘Emmerdale’. As a keen cyclist, Rik has taken part in several events for us including Ride100 and the Great Manchester Cycle.
Robert’s best known for his roles in ‘The King’s Speech’, ‘My Week with Marilyn’, ‘The Iron Lady’ and ‘Mr Turner’.
Sophie was one of the world’s leading female 5000m runners. She won a gold medal in the 1995 World Athletic Championships and a silver medal at the 2000 Olympic Games and 1993 World Championships.
Steve Hartley and Abbi Francis
Steve and his wife Abbi have supported us for over 10 years. Steve’s a very familiar face on TV, having appeared in many well-known TV series, theatre and film. They met when running together at an event for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
Tom’s known for playing Carl King in ‘Emmerdale’. He has supported us at many events, running, cycling and singing to beat blood cancer.
After leaving her role as Molly in ‘Coronation Street’, Vicky’s appeared in theatre and recently in the period drama ‘The Mill’.