22 Mar

EastEnders all set for home run in Virgin Money London Marathon

EastEnders stars train for London Marathon

Eight cast members of the popular BBC soap EastEnders will be running Virgin Money London Marathon next month to support the much-loved actor and former EastEnders star Dame Barbara Windsor.

Emma Barton, Jamie Borthwick, Natalie Cassidy, Tanya Franks, Kellie Shirley, Jane Slaughter, Jake Wood and Adam Woodyatt will all join Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell to form ‘Barbara’s Revolutionaries’, who will be running to raise money for Dementia Revolution – the official Charity of the Year of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.
 
Although the group will not actually be passing through Walford – the fictional setting of the series – they will be heading through their manor as they aim for a grandstand finish on The Mall. The famous faces will be lifted by the crowd in their endeavours for their friend and fellow actor, who has been struggling with Alzheimer's dementia.
 
The celebrity line-up includes a number of famous sports stars, like two-time New York City Marathon competitor, Amelie Mauresmo, the 2006 Wimbledon champion and former world number one, who also coached Andy Murray. Mauresmo boasts a best of 3:27:33 in New York last year and will be making her London (running) debut.
 
Another sports star to spot is London 2012 Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Dani Rowe, who only retired from professional cycling last year. She has set herself the goal of completing the London Classics in her first year of retirement. London Classics is a challenge to complete Virgin Money London Marathon, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 mile bike ride and the two-mile Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine. 
 
Ex-England international footballer Katy Chapman, who won 94 caps for her country, is running for Plan International UK while rugby league legend Jamie Peacock is taking on his second London Marathon for Sue Ryder. Two of the country’s best known sports presenters are also tackling the 26.2 miles. Former Sky Sports host Kirsty Gallacher is raising money for Safe Hands UK while Helen Skelton will run her third London for Prostate Cancer UK.
 
For a full list of celebrity entrants to the 2019 London Marathon click here
 
The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April. The first London Marathon was held on 29 March 1981 and the millionth finisher in the history of the event crossed the line in 2016. Since 1981, London Marathon has raised an incredible world-beating £1billion for charities, with £63.7 million coming in from the 2018 race alone. 
 
Image courtesy Virgin Money London Marathon media