Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From Soaps and Sport, We'll Run; STARS FROM THE WORLDS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ATHLETICS ARE IN SUNDAY'S RUN

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

From Soaps and Sport, We'll Run; STARS FROM THE WORLDS OF ENTERTAINMENT AND ATHLETICS ARE IN SUNDAY'S RUN

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Byline: By JANE PICKEN

SOAP stars and sporting champs are among the celebrities preparing to pound the streets of Tyneside for the Great North Run.

About 50,000 runners are expected to cross the finishing line in South Shields on Sunday, and the half-marathon has attracted dozens of stars from the worlds of sport, television, radio and politics.

Tough-talking TV chef Gordon Ramsay and his wife Tana will be taking part this year.

Filming commitments for hit shows The F-Word and Hell's Kitchen kept the Michelin-starred cook away from last year's event.

Former Newcastle and England footy boss Sir Bobby Robson will be firing the starting pistol and no doubt waving off current England manager Steve McClaren, who will be raising money for Macmillan Cancer Care.

"I had the privilege last year of starting the race and I'm delighted on that on this occasion I can run," said Steve, who is the third England manager to do the Great North Run, along with Kevin Keegan and Graham Taylor.

He added: "It was an awesome sight seeing 50,000 people streaming past me after I'd fired the pistol, so I'm really looking forward to having a go myself.

"It's fantastic so many people can go out to raise so much money for good causes. It shows what a little bit of determination and generosity of spirit can achieve."

Last year the Newcastle to South Shields run brought in more than pounds 10m for countless worthy causes. This year model and TV presenter Nell McAndrew, whose father recently overcame cancer, will be running for Cancer Research UK.

Soap favourites Kellie Shirley and Robert Kazinsky, who play Cockney couple Carly Wicks and Sean Slater in EastEnders, are also taking part.

Alistair Campbell, communications chief to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, is a regular runner and will also take part this year, along with former Sports Minister Richard Caborn. …

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