Celebrities prepare to complete the famous 26.2-mile course on Sunday 2 October 2022
Stars from the worlds of film, music, TV and sport are taking on the challenge of running the 2022 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 2 October.
Among the famous faces is award-winning actor Cynthia Erivo, who is also a renowned singer, songwriter and guest judge on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
Londoner Erivo knows what it takes to complete a marathon, having run the TCS New York City Marathon in 2016 – but this will be the first time she has tackled her home-town marathon.
Erivo won a Tony Award in 2016 for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Celie Harris Johnson in The Color Purple and a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album the following year. She was also nominated for both Golden Globe and Academy Awards for her portrayal of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman in the film Harriet.
Acclaimed film and TV star Stephen Mangan will also be on the Start Line. Mangan – who has most recently appeared in BBC drama The Split and provided the voice of the eponymous character in Postman Pat: The Movie – will be raising money for Marie Curie.
Other celebrities taking part include McFly drummer Harry Judd and radio DJs Chris Stark and Reece Parkinson. Reality TV star Mark Wright will also be hoping to make the Start Line this year after injury prevented him from doing so in 2021.
The full list of famous faces preparing to take part on Sunday 2 October is:
- Steve Batchelor: hockey coach for Olympic gold medallists
- Joan Benoit-Samuelson: first gold medallist in the women’s Olympic marathon
- Sam Bird: Jaguar TCS Racing Formula E Team driver
- Emon Choudhury: BBC Two’s 2020 Race Across the World winner
- James Cracknell: double Olympic rowing gold medallist
- Cynthia Erivo: actor and singer
- Chris Evans: radio and television presenter
- Harry Judd: musician
- Stephen Mangan: actor
- Tom McEwen: Olympic eventing gold medallist
- Danny Mills: pundit and former England footballer
- Greg O’Shea: 2019 Love Island winner and Irish Olympian
- Reece Parkinson: radio DJ and TV presenter
- Sophie Raworth: BBC presenter
- Gary Rowett: former footballer and manager of Millwall F.C.
- Iwan Thomas MBE: TV presenter and former GB Olympian
- Helen Thorn: comedian, podcaster and one half of Scummy Mummies
- Stephen Warnock: former England footballer
- Tyler West: radio DJ and 2022 Strictly Come Dancing contestant
- Mark Wright: TV personality