17 celebrities who ran the London Marathon 2022 and their times

Some of the famous faces who took on 26.2 miles on Sunday and conquered it in style

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Among the 42,000 runners who took to the streets of London to take on the London Marathon on Sunday, you may have clocked a famous face or two.

McFly's Harry Judd, TV personality Mark Wright and actor Stephen Mangan were just some of the celebrities to toe the startline in Greenwich on Sunday morning, following months of training and hard graft. Here's what they had to say upon reaching the iconic finish line – and the times they finished in...

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Mark Wright – time: 3:41:47
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The actor, TV personality and former pro footballer was running his first marathon. He was due to run last year but had to withdraw due to injury. At the finish, he was met by his partner – fellow actor Michelle Keegan – and mum Carol Wright.

Upon finishing he said: ‘It’s been an unbelievable day, overwhelming. Humanity is a beautiful thing. This has been one of the biggest achievements in my life, especially with London being my family hometown.

‘When I got to the finish line, I couldn’t believe it, even though I was counting down to it. I was just going for it and so pleased to see it.’

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Joan Benoit Samuelson – time: 3:20:20
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The 65-year-old running icon was the first ever Olympic women’s marathon champion – she won the gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Thirty-nine years later and she’s still smashing it, placing top of her age group (65-69) on Sunday by 7 minutes 52 seconds, despite recent knee surgery.

‘It was an accomplishment to finish today. I haven’t raced since Berlin 2019,' she said afterwards. 'I did it today for my daughter, Abby, who’s also racing. I’m blessed to have longevity in this sport. It doesn’t owe me anything but I feel I owe my sport.

‘I did it today on a wing and a prayer. For me now it’s about storytelling. I’m so pleased to do it today with my daughter even though she beat me and my replacement knee! Everybody said I wouldn’t do it but I’d never say never.

‘I am a grandmother now. My granddaughter’s name is Charlotte – it’s my goal to run 5K with her. That’s my desire.’

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Harry Judd – time: 3:14:37
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Like many others, musician and McFly drummer Harry Judd started running in lockdown to support his mental health and hasn’t looked back since. He’s now a keen runner, clocking some very respectable times.

‘It was tough today, you have to go to a dark place to cross this finish line,’ he said after. ‘I’m really pleased even though I’d have liked to be a little faster, but I’m getting quicker each time. It’s 22 miles of a whole world of pain, but still the best experience of my life.

‘The marathon is like performing on stage in some ways, the start is all adrenaline and it feels great. Running is like drumming, it has a beat and a rhythm. I think I’ve mastered the drumming, but I’m still tackling the running. I hope to run sub-three hours one day.

‘My coach Steph Davis has been brilliant and taught me how to pace myself and introduced me to recovery running.’

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George Rainsford – time: 3:19:44

Actor George Rainsford, best known for playing the role of Ethan Hardy in Casualty, posted an impressive time on Sunday, despite cramping up at 20 miles. At the finish line he said: ‘I’m very happy with my time – I’ve moved into the age bracket of 40-plus, so I’ll take that!

‘I’m running for the Huntington’s Disease Association – I’m a patron of the charity. I kept thinking about them to keep me going, and my little boys too who are at home watching.’

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Danny Mills – time: 3:18:14

The pundit and former England footballer is now a seasoned marathon runner, having run London on multiple occasions. On Sunday, he ran to raise money for the Bobby Moore Fund and will be lining up at the start of the New York Marathon in just a few weeks to raise money for the same charity.

Like George Rainsford, he also started to cramp up at 20 miles. 'It was alright until then, then my left knee went and I started feeling cramp."

'I get strength from my kids hammering me. My phone was buzzing across the finish line. I was getting texts from them saying, "Come on dad, grind it out! Hang in there! Don’t give up!’ All the kinds of things I say before they race."

'I’m fundraising for the Bobby Moore Fund and Cancer Research. I might have a year off next year – it’s getting hard and I’m getting old!'

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Sophie Raworth – time: 3:52:36
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Just a few weeks ago, BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth was running the brutal OCC race at UTMB. The keen runner felt her calf go at Tower Bridge and says she nearly stopped but the crowd carried her through.

'This is my tenth marathon but I hadn’t properly trained because of not having the time,' she said at the finish. 'I couldn’t put any weight on my calf, but people shouted for me to keep running and walking. I know you’re not meant to carry on injured but I really wanted to finish.

'As I was running through all of the areas I spent time working in during The Queen’s funeral it felt very emotional and brought back memories of the last few weeks.

'I’m 54 years old, I did my first marathon when I was 42 and I think this is the only sport you can get faster at as a women as you get older, so I’ll definitely be back. I’m going to limp away now!'

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Sam Bird – time: 3:18:12

The professional British racing driver, who currently drives for Jaguar TCS Racing Formula, in the FIA Formula E World Championship, was running his first marathon on Sunday and loved the experience. At the finish line he said: ‘It was the first time I’ve ever done the distance and it feels amazing.

‘There are some similarities with driving at the top level – you have to dig into your reserves as a racing driver and I certainly needed to do that today.

‘I had to keep focused and keep going. I’ll be on the register for the event next year.’

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Jeremy Joseph – time: 4:37:11

This was Jeremy Joseph's 12th marathon. The owner of London’s G-A-Y and Heaven nightclubs, he worked with London Marathon Events this year, alongside others, to plan the new Rainbow Row section of the route – a carnival-like section celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Afterwards he said:

'It was very tough today, it was my 12th marathon but I made the mistake of stopping off at Rainbow Row for an interview and I never stopped and started again before. Coming off the main road and seeing the row made my day. There were lots of DJs and drag queens who I knew.

‘Rainbow Row is not about getting more members of the LGBT community to take part in the marathon, it’s about everyone and bringing all communities together.

‘I always start a race saying that this is the last time I’ll ever do it and then I end up wanting to do it again, so maybe number 13 is on the cards!’

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Chris Finill time – 3:01:18
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Chris Finill is one of a handful of people - the Ever Presents - who have run every single London Marathon since the first race in 1981. He's run 37 sub-three hour marathons.

'I see the London Marathon as my continuing job. Today the conditions were lovely. After 42 marathons I know the course really well and in some ways it gets easier. I was in control most of the way, but it’s getting hot and those out there for longer than me will really feel the heat.

‘This year feels like a genuine return to normality, the London Marathon is back to it's normal self.'

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Helen Thorn – time: 4:14:48

The comedian, podcaster and one half of Scummy Mummies – an award-winning comedy chat show – started running when she was 40 and hasn’t looked back. Sunday was her second London Marathon, having ran it last year - and she managed to beat her time by 100 minutes. ‘I trained a little bit harder this year and I just loved every single minute of it! I just put my head down and ran!

‘The Gingerbread charity I ran for supports single parents, who are very much struggling right now with the cost-of-living crisis. I hope I have raised nearly £10,000 by now!’

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Greg O’Shea – time: 4:08:08

Presenter and former rugby player Greg O’Shea rose to fame in 2019 when he won Love Island in 2019 with Amber Gill. The Tokyo 2020 Olympian is now launching his own fitness platform, Bettr with Greg. At the finish line he said:

‘My legs are wobbly and I’m struggling to stand, but I’m just over the moon!

‘I was running for Alzheimer’s Research in memory of my grandmother, who passed away after living with Alzheimer’s and that's what dragged me through and spurred me on!

‘I'm cramping everywhere but I’m buzzing! The London Marathon, the best marathon in the world to do it for.

‘To all Love Islanders – I’ve done it now, I’ve set the standard so I want to see you all doing it next year!’

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Stephen Mangan – time: 4:40:42
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After running cross-country in school, actor and comedian Stephen Mangan re-discovered running in his early 30s, when he was first asked to run the London Marathon, which he competed in a not-too-shabby 3:33. He recently appeared on the Runner’s World podcast, where he shared his key motivation for running this year’s marathon – to raise money for Marie Curie. At the finish line he said: 'It’s brutal. I’m humbled by the 26.2 miles. Amazing day, ridiculous support – where else in London do you see people wishing everyone well?

'It is a treat but it’s a very, very long way. I don’t even want to jog for a bus now but I may feel differently. It was worth the pain to run for the Marie Curie charity.

'Everybody who finishes this race is a hero. I feel very proud of myself. There are no shortcuts. I may not be able to stand up tomorrow!'

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Vassos Alexander – time: 3:43:18
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The sports news presenter and author is a serial marathoner, telling RW last year that he believes ‘everyone’s got a marathon in them’. This year, he took to the streets of London dressed as a Minion.

“I’ve run more than 100 marathons but this is only my second dressed as a Minion. Someone rang into the radio show last year and said they had a spare costume so I thought I’d do it and I’m doing it again this year. It’s great fun, you get a high five from everyone around the course.

“There’s no atmosphere like the London Marathon atmosphere. I found it hard this year and I had no idea of the time I was running in as you can’t see your watch in a Minion suit. Also I tied my shoe laces too tight and you can’t untie them the suit.

“I’m so happy we’ve raised £96,000 for Storm Break [a charity that improves children’s mental health through movement].

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Chris Evans – time: 4:58:27
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Radio presenter Chris Evans shares co-star Vassos’ love of running marathons – especially London. This year, he ran London for the eighth time, alongside his wife, Tash. ‘My wife Tash and I will keep coming as long as you’ll have us. This is the number-one marathon and I love my legs because they got me around the course,' he said at the finish.

'It’s such a focus for us, it’s the number-one thing in our social diary. In fact, we’re getting a bottle of water then we’re off for a training run in prep for April!

'We thought a lot about Her Majesty The Queen, especially on The Mall and passing Buckingham Palace. It’s hard to believe.

'The home mile is the signature home mile, which is out of this planet!'

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Tyler West – time: 5:25:15

Radio DJ Tyler West has been juggling his marathon training with his training for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing. On Sunday, his Strictly training partner Dianne Buswell came out to support him.

'There was one moment when I hit this wall and thought ‘I can’t go on any longer’ and then a tree ran past me! I thought, I'm hallucinating right now – I don't know what's going on but if the tree can do it then so can I!

'After this, I’m going to eat everything and anything – I’m ordering the lot before I dance again tomorrow!'

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