Which celebrities are running and what charities are they raising money for?



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Chris Evans and Katie Hopkins lead the celebrities looking to complete the 26-mile course

IT’S that time of year again as the London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 23.

And there will be the usual roster of celebrity runners looking to complete the gruelling 26-mile course and raise money for a good cause.

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Chris Evans is running in his third London Marathon

Here are just some of the stars who will be competing in the London Marathon.

Chris Evans

The Radio Two presenter and, more infamously, former Top Gear host, will be running for BBC Children In Need.

Chris Evans has participated in the London Marathon in both of the past two years.

He has a personal best of 4:39:53.

Katie Hopkins

Katie Hopkins is raising money for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

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Katie Hopkins is raising money for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

The controversial columnist and former Apprentice star is running for the National Brain Appeal.

The charity raises money for The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen’s Square.

Hopkins underwent open brain surgery last year to treat epilepsy.

Adam Woodyatt

The actor is most famous for playing Ian Beale in Eastenders.

He sill be running alongside his son Sam to raise money for the Air Ambulance Service.

Sam was previously hit by a car and taken to hospital by The London Air Ambulance and needed a five hour operation and several weeks in a wheelchair before he could walk again.

Ethiopian runners Bekele, Lilesa and Ghirmay look ahead to the 2017 London Marathon

Jonathan Pearce

The BBC 5 Live, Match of the Day and Robot Wars commentator will be running his sixth London Marathon.

He is running for the Lily Foundation – a charity he set up for his niece, Lily.

She died from mitochondrial disease aged just eight months.

Sophie Rapworth

The BBC News presenter is an avid marathon-runner and will be running the race for the sixth time.

She boats an impressive personal best of 3:35:20.

Rapworth is aiming to complete the entire Abbott World Marathon Majors Series this year: London, New York, Boston, Chicago, Berlin and Tokyo.

James Cracknell

James Cracknell will raise money for two charities

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James Cracknell will raise money for two charities

The two-time Olympic rowing gold medalist will be running for two charities – Headway and Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

Headway aims to improve life for sufferers of brain injuries and RNLI saves lives at sea.

Cracknell has previously completed a 1,400 mile journey from the UK to Africa done via running, cycling and rowing and taken part in the South Pole Race.

Mark Chapman

The Match of the Day 2 presenter and author is running for The Christie NHS Trust.

He has run the marathon twice before, in 2008 and 2010.

The Christie NHS Trust is a leading expert in cancer care and treatment, based in Manchester.


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