Line-up of celebrities run Bath Half Marathon for charities

February 24, 2015 // Andrew


Comedian Russell Howard, Radio DJ Greg James and model and presenter Ashley James will be participating in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon (Vitality BATHALF) – which takes place on Sunday 1st March – all in aid of charity.

Russell Howard will be returning to his home town of Bath and will be one of 78 runners representing the charity, Time is Precious. The local charity was set up in memory of five-year-old Ben Halford, who fought for 3½ years with a brain tumour.

Russell Howard said: “I think Time is Precious is a brilliant charity, not only giving families with young children the opportunity of being together during the stressful time of hospital treatment but also raising the funds needed to provide carefully chosen pieces of equipment, making the life of those young people a little easier and happier, where possible.”

Nicky Halford, co-founder of Time is Precious and mother to Ben Halford, said: “We are extremely grateful to Russell Howard for choosing to run for Time Is Precious.”

Greg James and Ashley James will also be gracing the streets of Bath as they join breast cancer charity, CoppaFeel!. The charity was founded in 2009 by Kris Hallenga following her diagnosis of secondary breast cancer at the age of 23. Greg and Ashley are keen supporters of CopperFeel! – with Greg running with the Boob Team in Bath back in 2013 and Ashley joining the charity’s group of Boobettes – young ambassadors who have all been affected by the disease in some way.

Greg James said: “I’m very excited to be coming back to Bath to run with the Boob Team. I’m running a marathon in April so I’m using this opportunity to train whilst supporting this very brilliant cause. And yes, I shall be donning a giant boob.”

Ashley James said: “I had a lump when I was younger, although I was extremely lucky it was benign, I really related to Kris’s story. I found out about the Boobettes who go into schools and universities and raise awareness about breast cancer. It’s a charity with such a positive message and I want to do everything in my power to raise awareness and funds.”

Other well-known names include former Bath Rugby player David Flatman, running for the Bath Rugby Foundation. Elisabeth Stables, best-known for playing Chloe in The Inbetweeners, was a member of Young People’s Theatre at Theatre Royal Bath, and will also be participating in the Bath Half Marathon.

This year’s featured charities are: Lead Race Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust; Official Fun Run Charity, Jamie’s Farm; Local Charity of the Year, Bath Rugby Foundation; and the Featured Appeal, RUH Forever Friends Appeal. In addition to the featured race charities, the organisers of the Vitality BATHALF work with more than 100 local and national charities and those who have a place in the race can still choose to raise money for any of them.

The Vitality Bath Half Marathon course offers runners a fast flat route straddling both sides of the river Avon taking runners on a tour around the picturesque city. The two lap course is perfect for both those new to running or experienced runners who are chasing a new Personal Best.

For further information on the Vitality BATHALF and this year’s official charities including featured charities and diamond bond charities, go to bathhalf.co.uk.