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TVTimes celebrity running team

TVTimes celebrity running team

From Coronation Street, Emmerdale and The Bill, to Shameless and Midsomer Murders – our stars form one of the biggest celebrity charity running teams out there, taking part in lots of our challenge events to raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The team was formed in 1982 by former TVTimes Advertising Director Ken Lomas, before he sadly lost his daughter Karen to leukaemia in 1986. In 2005, Ken was awarded an MBE in recognition of fundraising for our charity.

Ken says: "Thanks to the support of TVTimes & Adidas we have built up a fantastic team of celebrity runners. For all they do for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, each and every one of them is truly a star.”

Each and every one of them is truly a star for all they do for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”

Team members

Chris Chittell

Best known for his role as Eric Pollard in 'Emmerdale', actor Chris Chittell has been a long term supporter of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research . 

Since then Chris’s unrelenting support has not only included running hundreds of miles but also taking on various challenges, organising cricket matches and attending events all over the country.

Dean Andrews

Dean is a familiar face on television, having appeared in series including 'Life on Mars', 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Marchlands' and 'Last Tango in Halifax'. He became a supporter of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research in 2012.

As a keen cyclist, he's taken on London | Paris and the Great Manchester Cycles. He's also been part of our Celebrity Running Team and taken part in the Blenheim Triathlon. Dean is a talented singer and has entertained the audiences at our 'Christmas with the Stars' concerts at the Royal Albert Hall.

‘The work that Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research does is vital in reaching the ultimate goal of achieving a cure for all types of blood cancer. The charity has already helped to improve life expectancy immeasurably and it’s so important that their research continues.’

George Rainsford

After losing his grandfather to blood cancer, 'Casualty' and 'Call the Midwife' actor George felt inspired to get involved with us in 2011 and support our life-saving work. As a very keen runner, donning the distinctive yellow vest was a natural way for George to join us and since being part of the team he has completed over 20 running events.

“Running for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research means a lot to me. The work of the charity is imperative for families who face difficult times and I know first-hand that the research the charity invests in is crucial.”

Gwilym Lee

Gwilym currently plays DS Charlie Nelson in 'Midsomer Murders'.  As a newer member of the team he's already completed several events including the London Marathon and the Blenheim Palace Triathlon.

“I grew up in a medical family: my mother was a haematologist and my father a paediatrician, so I understand the horrible nature of these illnesses and how important it is to try and overcome them through medical research. It's a long process and one that requires our long term commitment, but I believe this charity does great work in raising awareness and moving towards one day finding a cure for blood cancers.“

John Michie

Starring in 'Taggart', 'Coronation Street' and now 'Holby City' means that John's been a very familiar face on television for many years. John joined us in 2002 and since then has been a great champion in our vision to beat blood cancer, supporting us at events all over the country. This has included running several marathons and dancing on the stage of The Royal Albert Hall.

“Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is a great charity and I love being part of the team. It’s like a big family raising money for a wonderful cause that is close to our hearts.”

Mark Lewis Jones

Mark is a Welsh actor who has worked in theatre, television and film including 'Robin Hood', 'The Other Boleyn Girl', 'Stella' and 'Baker Boys'. He became part of the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research family in 2006.

As a keen runner and someone who thrives on challenges he decided to take on ‘the toughest footrace on earth’, the Marathon des Sables, in 2014.  “I felt it was time to stretch myself to the absolute limit and give a little back to these extraordinary people who work tirelessly to raise funds to research and ultimately beat blood cancer”.

Nicola Wheeler

Nicola is best known for playing the role of Nicola King in 'Emmerdale' - she's been a our supporter for almost as long as her ITV tenure. Since joining us in 2003, Lauekaemi & Lymphoma Research and the running team have “become more like an old family friend”. 

“I now run and cycle for all those families dealing with blood cancer. Treatment is crucial but a cure cannot be found without research. We are Unstoppable”.

Richard Harrington

Welsh actor Richard has worked in many films and television series including 'Lark Rise to Candleford', 'Holby Blue', 'Collision' and recently appearing as the lead character in 'Hinterland', filmed in both Welsh and English.

He's supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research since 2007 and he also took up the challenge of the Marathon des Sables in 2014. 

“As we embark on this journey we desperately want to nourish our team of Cardiff researchers with the right amount of financial prosperity as they are so close to beating this disease – it’s within their grasp”

Sam Heughan

Sam is a Scottish actor, currently working on the Starz and Sony production 'Outlander'. A member of the running team since 2011, he's run many half and full marathons and also completed his first triathlon last year at Blenheim Palace.

“We have to battle cancer. Many of my close family and friends have fought their own cancer battle. We need to support their cause in any way we can. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are doing this through research, patient information and clinical trials. They are a caring, diligent charity which I am proud to be part of: let's beat blood cancer.”


Tony Audenshaw

Tony is proud to have been running and cycling with the team since he joined 'Emmerdale' as café owner Bob Hope in 2000.  As well as taking part in umpteen races he has performed regularly at the Christmas with the Stars concerts with the band White Van Man. He's also recorded two running-related songs in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, The Great North Run Song and The Things You Hear (The Day Before a Marathon)

“It’s a privilege to be part of this wonderful team of like minded people supporting the boffins and their mind boggling medical advances.  If we all keep doing our bit, in our own little way, together we will beat blood cancer.”

Other TVTimes running team members:

  • Al Petrie
  • Andrew Knott
  • Cal MacAninch
  • Chris Eccleston
  • Eden Taylor Draper
  • Graeme Hawley
  • Ian McKee
  • Jason Flemyng
  • Jason Merrells
  • Jay Taylor
  • Jeff Hordley
  • Laura Aikman
  • Shauna Macdonald
  • Vicky Binns
  • Liz McColgan
  • Matthew Wolfenden
  • Mike Bushell
  • Matt Kennard
  • Ray Macallan
  • Robert Portal
  • Sarah Anthony
  • Sonia O’Sullivan
  • Steve Hartley
  • Tom Lister
  • Will Beck
  • Zoe Henry

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TVTimes celebrity running team

TVTimes celebrity running team

TVTimes have sponsored our celebrity running team for over 25 years. Their support means we have one of the largest celebrity teams in the UK.