Former Holby City actor Phoebe Thomas was the fastest female celebrity in the Royal Parks half marathon in London on Sunday with a time of one hour 31 minutes.
Other celebrity entrants included classical singer, Katherine Jenkins; TV presenter, Jenni Falconer; actor and interior designer, Linda Barker and Strictly Come Dancing stars, Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite.
Phoebe, who played nurse Maria Kendall in the hospital series, was running for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.
“It was brilliant – a beautiful autumnal day. It was really lovely seeing Hyde Park coming to life like that,” said actor, Phoebe, who is the Coaching Editor at Women’s Running magazine. Her business Runningwithus is CLIC Sargent’s coaching partner, guiding all their runners towards their goals.
“It was really great to have the CLIC Sargent supporters behind us, and my Dad came along to support me too,” Phoebe said. Around 16,000 runners took part in the half marathon through London’s Royal Parks.
Kelly Adams, Phoebe’s colleague on Holby City who has also left the series, ran the race in one hour 43 minutes. “I could not believe how beautiful the parks were,” said Kelly, who played midwife Mickie Hendrie. “It was a gorgeous setting and we had a wonderful day.”
Banker Nigel Crutchley, who has pledged to raise £1m for CLIC Sargent, also took part in the race, which he ran in one hour 45 minutes. Nigel and his family have been supported by CLIC Sargent through the illness and death of his son Ben.
“We had fantastic support, and great weather to run through the historic streets of London. It was brilliant to see so many people supporting CLIC Sargent,” Nigel said.
“I’d like to congratulate Phoebe, Kelly and Nigel on a great race,” said Tara Nickerson, CLIC Sargent’s Running Events Manager. “We really appreciate them taking part to raise money to help us support children and young people with cancer and their families.”
Phoebe has appeared in Outnumbered, Death in Paradise and ITV’s Vera, and will also be taking on theatre roles, and pantomime. Kelly has appeared in Hustle and is about to start filming a new series of BBC3’s Bluestones 42, which is about soldiers in Afghanistan.
Ready to run: CLIC Sargent runners with a banner in memory of Nigel Crutchley’s son Ben, with Kelly and Phoebe, seventh and eighth from the right. Nigel is crouching on the far right of the banner
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About childhood cancer
Every day, 10 children and young people in the UK hear the shocking news they have cancer. Treatment normally starts immediately, is often given many miles from home and can last for up to three years. Although survival rates are over 80%, cancer remains the single largest cause of death from disease in children and young people in the UK.
About CLIC Sargent
CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and get the most out of life. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk
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