London Marathon 2018 celebrity runners: Katie Price, Chris Evans and the famous faces running the mammoth route

Emma Powell
Evening Standard
Leading the pack: Katie Price is taking on the challenge: Zak Hussein/PA
Leading the pack: Katie Price is taking on the challenge: Zak Hussein/PA

There will be no special treatment when the celebs join the masses to pound the streets for this year’s Virgin London Marathon.

A host of stars will be among the 40,000 strong crowd taking on the gruelling 26.2 mile route on Sunday morning.

From actors to sports stars and radio DJ’s we’ve rounded up all the famous faces to cheer on from the sidelines.

Katie Price

Katie Price (Gareth Cattermole/Getty)
Katie Price (Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

The former glamour model is taking on her second London Marathon after completing the race with her then husband Peter Andre in 2009.

Charity: She is running to raise money for the British Lung Foundation after her mother Amy was diagnosed with a terminal lung condition.

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Chris Evans

Chris Evans (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty )
Chris Evans (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty )

The BBC’s highest paid star is no stranger to the 26.2 mile route having completed the course three times in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Charity: Evans, who fronts the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, is fundraising for Children in Need.

Joel Dommett

Joel Dommett (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Joel Dommett (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Funny man Dommett survived the I’m A Celeb jungle but he fears his London Marathon debut will be “horrific”.

Charity: The former Impractical Jokers regular is running in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Caitriona Balfe

Caitriona Balfe (Andreas Rentz/Getty)
Caitriona Balfe (Andreas Rentz/Getty)

Outlander actress Balfe is gearing up to take on her first marathon – a day before needing to be on set in Scotland at 5am. Thankfully, her scenes won’t require horse riding or running.

Charity: Balfe is running for World Child Cancer and is aiming for under five hours

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Bertie Carvel

Bertie Carvel (Jeff Spicer/Getty)
Bertie Carvel (Jeff Spicer/Getty)

Doctor Foster’s resident Mr Evil aka Simon Foster, will be on the start line in Blackheath for his first marathon on Sunday. Carvel, who has never completed a race longer than 10km suffered a tendinopathy injury that stopped him running throughout February and March.

Charity: Carvel is fundraising for The Old Vic theatre in its bicentenary year

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Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay (Christopher Lee/Getty)
Gordon Ramsay (Christopher Lee/Getty)

It will be a family affair for marathon stalwart Ramsay who will be running alongside his wife Tana and their twins Jack and Holly.

Charity: The famous family are raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital

Scott Mills

Scott Mills (Joe Giddens/PA)
Scott Mills (Joe Giddens/PA)

The BBC Radio 1 DJ is making his marathon debut along with Dev Griffin. The newbies will be joined by their colleague Adele Roberts who will no doubt keep them going throughout the race.

Charity: The radio trio are running for Heads Together

Selasi Gbormittah – and the bakers dozen

Selasi Gbormittah (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Selasi Gbormittah (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

The Great British Bake Off stars have swapped cakes for energy gels to take on the mammoth route including 2016 favourite Gbormittah, who has only ever run two half marathons, and series four winner Frances Quinn.

Charity: Gbormittah is running for World Vision while Quinn is raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Charlie Webster

Charlie Webster (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty)
Charlie Webster (Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty)

Presenter Charlie Webster is taking on the London Marathon two years after she nearly died from malaria after contracting it during a bike ride to the Rio Olympics.Webster praised running for helping her to get her life back and said she isn't worried about a time this Sunday, just crossing the finish line with a smile.

Charity: Malaria Must Die

Rochelle Humes

Rochelle Humes (Ian West/PA )
Rochelle Humes (Ian West/PA )

The former Saturdays singer is used to watching people get put through their paces on Ninja Warrior, but Sunday morning will see Humes take on the challenge of the London Marathon for the first time.

Charity: Teenage Cancer Trust

Jack Ashton

Jack Ashton (Jeff Spicer/Getty)
Jack Ashton (Jeff Spicer/Getty)

Call The Midwife star Ashton is taking on his second marathon having previously run for Macmillan. The actor who played Rev. Tom Hereward in the BBC drama has been busy fundraising, inlcuding sending round buckets for collections during matinee performances of Strangers on a Train.

Charity: The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) - a leading a movement against male suicide

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The London Marathon coverage is on BBC One, Sunday at 8:30am

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