British actor, comedian and writer Steve Coogan - best known for his TV series 'I'm Alan Partridge ' - will compete in next year's (April 15) Brighton Marathon. Confirmation of the actor's participation will add a further boost to a race that is forming a big reputation as one of the UK's top events.
Since the inaugural event in 2009, numbers for the Brighton Marathon have steadily improved with the competition already hitting next year's 18,000-entry capacity. This is a 20% increase on last year's event which places the marathon within the top 12 running events across the UK.
Race director Tim Hutchings said he was delighted the Brighton-based actor would be taking part in next year's race, commenting, "Hearing that Steve Coogan plans to run the Brighton Marathon is wonderful news for us organisers. I know he will receive enormous support on the day and it heightens the sense of anticipation even with six months to go till race day."
The actor, who recently won a television BAFTA for his performance in The Trip, will be raising money for the Whitehawk Inn, a community led organisation that looks to get people back into work. On Coogan's decision to run for the charity, Tim said, "The work they have done and continue to do is fabulous and I couldn't be more delighted."
In last year's race, Kenya's Philemon Kiprop Boit smashed the course record by three minutes with a time of 2:16:07. Alyson Dixon, coached by Liz McColgan, was the first female, finishing in 2:34:51 and also setting a new record.
Entries for the event are now closed, there are, however, charity places still available. For more information, visit the race website.