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Television favourites line up for races at Blenheim Palace
Celebrities back Heart Foundation run
TV FAVOURITES are limbering up for a tough race at Blenheim Palace.
X Factor celebrity Stacey Solomon and comedian Russell Howard, as well as Made In Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews and Caggie Dunlop, will be running the Blenheim Palace 10k on Sunday for the British Heart Foundation.
And they will be joined by actress Gemma Atkinson, opera singer Natalie Coyle, Kidulthood actor Femi Oyeniran and Team GB athlete Louise Hazel – who will lead the team along with the warm-up.
More than 4,000 runners are expected to take part in the three races – a 2k family fun run, 10k and a half marathon – around the palace’s grounds in Woodstock.
Ms Hazel said: “Heart disease can affect anyone and strike when you least expect it.
“I should know – I lost my father at just 50 years old.
“This is why I’m lending my support to the Blenheim Palace 10k Run. It is money raised from events such as this that is helping to find the vital treatments that are transforming the fight against heart disease and making a difference to the millions of adults and children affected by it.”
The is the third year the British Heart Foundation has held the event at Blenheim Palace.
Money raised by the runners will fund vital research, much of which takes place in Oxford.
British Heart Foundation researcher Michael Dodd, who is based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, is taking on the 13.1 mile route.
The 28-year-old said: “I regularly participate in British Heart Foundation events as it feels like the perfect way for me to give something back to the charity that has been so prominent in my life for several years.
“I was fortunate enough to be funded by the British Heart Foundation through my PhD and am now working on a British Heart Foundation-funded project at the John Radcliffe Hospital.”
Mr Dodd’s father, Ian, was diagnosed with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a genetic condition where the muscle wall of the heart becomes thickened.
Mr Dodd and his brother have since discovered they both have the gene.
Melanie Blackman, regional event organiser for the British Heart Foundation, said: “Heart and circulatory disease devastates too many lives, killing more than 159,000 people each year and accounting for more than a quarter of all deaths in the UK.
“It’s vital that we all get behind the fight to find a breakthrough to eradicate this deadly disease and the misery it brings.”
Entry ranges from £10 to £23 for adults and £5 for children for the Family Fun Run and 10k.
s The half-marathon is open to runners aged 17 and over. To register, visit bhf.org.uk/Blenheim To support the celebrities visit justgiving.com/ TeamHazel
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