The Virgin London Marathon took place yesterday morning and a host of our favourite soap stars took to the streets of London, to run the gruelling 26 mile course around our capital city all in aid of charity.
From Emmerdale, Jeff Hordley who plays super villain Cain Dingle clocked an impressive time of 3: 31: 19, whilst Tony Audenshaw who plays café owner Bob Hope clocked an equally impressive time of 3:36:15 and managed to break the Guinness World Record for the fastest person dressed a school boy to complete the London Marathon no less! Finally, clocking a slower but still fantastic time of 4:59:08 was Tom Lister, who plays bad boy Carl King in the Yorkshire based soap.
Hollyoaks had representation in the 26 mile run in the shape of Tom Scurr, who plays posh boy Barney and James Atherton who plays geeky Will in the C4 soap with both clocking 4:08:36 after starting and finishing together.
Doing it for the girls, Coronation Street actress Paula Lane, who plays mouthy Kylie in the street put in a great time of 4hrs and 42 minutes…. we wonder how Tom feels about a girl beating him?
It’s not about who crossed the line first or has the quickest time really though because all these soap stars put themselves through the months of the grueling training required to take part to help the fantastic charities and deserving causes of their choice. Oh these soapies are a generous bunch!
The three Emmerdale lads supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the Hollyoaks duo ran for Centrepoint and Corrie’s Paula ran for Henshaws Society for Blind People.
Just because the Marathon is now over doesn’t mean that’s the end of it though, you can still lend your support to the soapy stars and their charities by visiting their sponsor pages and making a donation. After running 26 miles I think they deserve our support right?
Support Jeff http://www.justgiving.com/
Support Tom http://www.justgiving.com/Tom-
Support Paula http://www.justgiving.com/
This article was written by music, TV and soaps enthusiast Andy Hickling. Check him out on Twitter here.