Letchworth soap fan set to run for charity

Richard Kell

Richard Kell - Credit: Archant

A TV addict will be taking on the challenge of running to four UK soap sets to raise money for charity.

Richard Kell, from Letchworth GC, will start the soapathon – a unique 300-mile soap opera-inspired run – on May 24 in support of Help for Heroes.

He will leave the set of EastEnders at Elstree, before heading north for the Yorkshire Dales for a visit to Emmerdale’s Harrogate home. He will then turn west towards Coronation Street’s cobbled streets in Manchester.

The final leg will see Richard run a final marathon-and-a-half to the Hollyoaks set on the outskirts of Liverpool.

He will be running the equivalent of nearly two marathons a day for a week.


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Ahead of the run, he said: “It’s very easy to just sit there watching these great shows and become a bit of a couch potato. I was keen to use them as inspiration to do something rather more. I’m no great athlete, but assuming I don’t get lost, I’ll make the distance.”

Richard is aiming to raise £100,000. To support him visit www.justgiving.com/MidasMarathon

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