Royal Parks Half and GNR Celebrity Times

Yeah, yeah, while we know it should be about competing with yourself, bettering your own time and not comparing yourself to others, that PB is made so much sweeter if you know you socked it to an X-Factor finalist.

Therefore, for your delectation, here are some celeb times from last weekend’s Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon and September’s Great North Run. Unfortunately, this year, a disappointing number of reality stars with fake eyelashes took part, and the times on the whole were pretty good. Where were you Amy Childs?!


Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon
6 October 2013
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Sophie Raworth
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The newsreader seems to run in every race EVER. She was at the Great North Run too. Aiming for sub 1:40 she just missed it with 1:42:09. Still, a PB. Good effort Sophie.

Jenni Falconer

Jenni Falconer Royal parks

So smiley

Coming in in a not at all bad 1:43:10, keen runner Jenni tweeted that this was her slowest Royal Parks to date (she ran 1:41:54 in 2012) and she needed to pull her socks up next year. Just don’t pull them too high Jen or we’ll never catch you!

Gladiator DOOM

He's a big lad

He’s a big lad

Wayne Gordon, aka DOOM, did it in 1:50:29. You could do some good hill training on a travelator.

Fatboy Slim

Looking skinny Norm

Looking skinny Norm

1:59:11 Norm squeezed in under the two hour mark.

Linda Barker

Linda Barker Royal Parks

Used to be in Changing Rooms? Did that weird diving programme with Tom Daley. No? Oh well she ran 2:05:50 anyway.

Katherine Jenkins

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Classical singer Katherine did it in 2:04 last year, 2:14:23 this. After a summer of not much training on our part, we know the feeling Kath.

Richard Herring

This guy!

This guy!

He’s a comedian. We’re mainly putting him in because we saw him twice (once on the course, once in the race village) and we’re sure he was running in tracksuit bottoms. Far too warm for that malarky. 2:37:40

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 Great North Run
15 September 2013

(we heard someone called Mo Farrah ran as well. Second in 1:00:10)

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Ritchie Neville



Out of 5ive. YES! 1:39:56, not bad that Ritchie boy, not bad.

Iwan Thomas

This is what our post-race photos look like

This is what our post-race photos look like

Another race regular, the ex 400m runner came in at 1:43:00 precisely.

Sophie Raworth

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Told you, this woman runs All the races. 1:44:31.

Mel C

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This was Sporty Spice’s first half and she did it in a pretty impressive 1:48:04. (Since beating me by 20secs in the London triathlon a couple of years ago, Mel C has been my nemesis. I’m secretly pleased to have a faster HM time than her. Don’t tell her though. Charlotte)

Paula Lane

With her boyfriend eho ran 1:45

With her boyfriend who ran 1:45

Kylie out of Corrie crossed the line in 1:51. A PB

Jo Whiley

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The radio DJ ran with her 20-year-old daughter India. They crossed the line together in 2:05:43.

Natasha Hamilton

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The Atomic Kitten, running for Pride of Britain, said she was very chuffed with her 2:19:42. Good on ya Tash.

Ps. some other celebs did take part but we had no idea who they were so didn’t bother including them.


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