By Tim Saunders on
A huge number of celebrities have signed up with Richard Branson's Virgin to run the 2010 London Marathon for charity.
The stars and famous faces are each running for the charity of their own choice. Confirmed to take part with Branson – who says he has been trying to train as much as he can – are Princess Beatrice (Children In Crisis), Jenni Falconer (CLIC Sargent and Virgin Unite), Lee Evans (Save the Children), Natalie Imbruglia (Virgin Unite), Lorraine Kelly (CLIC Sargent), Gordon Ramsay (Scottish Spina Bifida Association) and many more.
The marathon takes place on April 25, and you can help donate to the stars’ charity causes by logging on the VirginLondonMarathon.com website. You can also register to run the marathon yourself.
“I’m not sure how it happened,” said Branson, "but I’ll be leading a team of 100 Virgin runners and some familiar faces that you may know for 26.2 grueling miles… the hare and the tortoise comes to mind! I’ll let you guess which one I’ll be!
“I’m really excited to be doing this, and it’s all for a great cause. We’re aiming to raise as much money as possible to help young people in the UK fulfill their potential through Virgin’s non-profit organization, Virgin Unite.
“In times like these, fundraising for charity is not so easy. So many people in the UK are faced with the daily challenge of making every penny count. It is a lasting testament to the people of the UK that they continue to support events such as the Virgin London Marathon. I’m hoping that you’ll support me and the other Virgin runners in supporting vulnerable young people.
“And there’s something in it for you too! For every five pounds you donate to my Virgin Money Giving page at www.runwithrichard.com, you’ll get a chance in a prize draw to come to visit Necker Island.”
Also joining Richard will be his daughter Holly and son Sam, as well as Tony Audenshaw, Bob Barff, Graham Bell, John Cameron, James Cash, Michelle Heaton and many others.
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