A marathon is no walk in the park – a grueling 26.2 mile course which requires months to train and has caused permanent damage to a few. Considering signing up to one myself I’m really taking my time in reaching the decision of yes, I can do this, or no, this sounds like pure torture.
I tell you what’s making me lean more towards the yes side though – and that’s discovering what celebrities have actually ran a marathon! Warning: some of these are absolute shockers and might make you think “Christ, if he/she can run a marathon then it’ll be a piece of cake for me!”…
10. Sarah Palin (Humpy’s Marathon in 3:59:36)
That’s right. This gun-totin’, Republican lovin’ American mama of five has ran a marathon but voters didn’t think she was ready to run their country. Hmmm…
9. Gordon Ramsey (Los Angeles Marathon in 3:36:XX)
I’m not sure why Gordon surprised me so much that he’d run a marathon, maybe the angry, spitting and swearing-in-people’s-faces made me think he wasn’t particularly a charitable person, but turns out he is! And I think he’s ran a few!
8. Will Ferrell (Boston Marathon in 3:56:12)
I just don’t picture funny men running marathons, or doing any exercise, but then again David Walliams swam the English Channel and the Thames so anything is possible. Joe Pasquale also ran a marathon, but in terms of unexpectedness it’s got to go to Will, well done Will, what a great time too.
7. Amy Childs (London Marathon in ????)
Despite having never watched TOWIE, I know and I think pretty much everyone in Britain knows who Amy is, and knows what a vajazzle is. I’m not usually a fan of hers but running the London marathon in lip gloss and fake eyelashes gets respect from me – well done girl! Running 26.2 miles and still managing to look glamorous.
6. Pamela Anderson (New York Marathon in 5:41:03)
Which brings me onto my next unexpected celebrity: Pamela. This Baywatch babe did her fair share of running in the hit show, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Before the race she said: “I’ve never been a runner. I’ve never even run across the street hardly before,” which proves anyone can do a marathon!
5. Katie Price (London Marathon in 7:11:XX)
Okay this is really when I began to feel “Really? Her?! She’s ran a marathon and I haven’t?!” I did warn you but yes Katie has ran a marathon but sadly her time was ruined by her knee giving way at 18 miles and suffering a fall at mile 23. Still, she had hubby (number 1) Peter Andre to help her through it at the time. But really? Katie Price? What did that do to her boobs???
4. Jack Tweed (London Marathon in 4:52:35)
This absolute waste-0f-space guy who clung onto his now deceased wife’s fame, despite publicly cheating on her and getting caught up in a rape charge, has also ran a marathon! What. The. Hell. I feel sick.
3. George W Bush (Houston Marathon in 3:44:52)
The former president of the USA, most famously known for dodging a shoe thrown at him at 100mph amongst other things, is also the fastest running celeb on my count down so far! Shit. When was the London Marathon sign-up again?
2. Jimmy Saville (Multiple Marathons in approx 3:30)
I never liked this man. How could no-one see it? If keeping your mum’s bedroom in the exact same state it was when she died and taking her clothes down to the dry cleaners once a month doesn’t strike you as odd, then seriously, what does? And he ran marathons, loads actually, whilst probably smoking a cigar at the same time too – Urrrrrrrrgh! *rips my hair out*
1. Joe Strummer (Paris Marathon in 3:20:XX)
Number 1 has got to be punk frontman of The Clash just for being totally unexpected and the fastest. His advice? In an interview he explained his training programme before a marathon: ““Drink 10 pints of beer the night before the race. Ya got that? And don’t run a single step at least four weeks before the race. …But make sure you put a warning in this article, ‘Do not try this at home.’ I mean, it works for me and Hunter Thompson, but it might not work for others. I can only tell you what I do.” Right Joe, after a night of 10 pints I doubt I could even stand let alone run a marathon!
So anyway there you have it. And now for a shameless plug as I’ll be running in my first ever race tomorrow – the Race for Life 5k! Alright I know it’s not a marathon but it’s all for a good cause anyway and that’s to beat cancer.
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