Rosie Jones teams up with Taskmaster star to take on the London Marathon

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10 Apr 2024, 15:07

Rosie Jones, Rosie Jones, Ivo Graham, Ed Gamble, Joel Dommett and family at Victoria Park Marathon

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Comedian Rosie Jones will enter the upcoming London Marathon alongside Taskmaster star Ivo Graham, who will push her over the finish line. 

Rosie, who has cerebral palsy, will be in a buggy being pushed by Ivo, all in the bid to raise funds for Up: The Adult Cerebral Palsy Movement, and Multiple Sclerosis Society. 

8 Out of 10 Cats star Rosie will use a megaphone to cheer on Ivo as he runs the lengthy 26.2 miles. 

The official fundraising page reads: “Ivo is going to run pushing a chair, and Rosie is going to sit in that chair and shout at Ivo with a megaphone if he slows down too much. 

“They are going to do this for 26.2 miles and they are going to have the time of their lives, and they are going to raise as much money as they can for two charities which are very important to them. Please donate what you can!”

It won’t be the first time Ivo and Rosie have teamed up for a lengthy run, with the pair taking part in the Victoria Park Half Marathon in March, and they had plenty of star support too, with Joel Dommett and Ed Gamble also in tow. 

The Masked Singer host Dommett will also be racing on 21st April, but has the added bonus of wearing the Piranha costume worn by 2024 winner Danny Jones

Joel said on his fundraising page: “I am running to raise awareness and money for an incredible charity that I am proudly a patron of - Shooting Star Children's Hospice. Please give what you can - and if you can't give anything, then come down see the costume with a sweaty hidden man inside and cheer me on!”

If anyone running the London Marathon wants some tips, the Chris Evans Breakfast Show with webuyanycar recently spoke to Jasmin Paris, the incredible runner who became the first woman to compete in the Barkley Marathons. 

The Barkley Marathons is an ultra marathon trail race in Tennessee which covers 100 miles and involves 60,000ft of climb and descent - about twice the height of Mount Everest. Only 20 people have ever made it to the end within the allotted 60 hours.  

When Chris asked the ultra-marathon star what tips she can give for people who want to start running, she replied: “I would try to make running as fun as you can. For me, if I’m trying to make running fun, I would run in the hills with friends and set a date and time that you're going to go with friends, and then you can’t back out. And once you're there, you'll love it.

“And join a club as well. That's a useful thing to help.”

And regarding foods that help, she added: “I ate pasta or porridge, rice pudding. Bananas always worked well. My tip would be bananas!”