Dermot O'Leary to run Bath Half Marathon again
X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary will be returning to the city to run the Bath Half Marathon next year.
He will once again lead a sea of boobs as he pounds the streets on Sunday March 3 in support of breast cancer awareness charity CoppaFeel!
The charity, which campaigns to get young women to check their breasts for signs of cancer, has been chosen as the lead charity for 2013.
CoppaFeel! was founded in October 2009 by Kris Hallenga who was told she had cancer several months after doctors rejected her initial request for a referral over a lump in her breast.
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O’Leary, who completed the race in a time of 1hr 47 last time, will be part of a team of runners, many of whom take part with giant boobs strapped to their backs.
He said: “I had such a great time last year running with the boob team that I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon again. Kris’s story and her tireless work is what inspires me to get involved with CoppaFeel! and I couldn’t think of a better way to show my support than running with this sea of giant boobs again.”
The 39-year-old, who also presents a show on Radio 2, will join 200 men and women wearing giant boobs, known as the hooters, all running for CoppaFeel!
Charity race director Mel Taylor said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Dermot will be supporting CoppaFeel! again at the 2013 Bath Half.
“Dermot was so much fun last year so this comes as fantastic news for CoppaFeel! - he will be a very welcome addition amongst our 15,000 runners.”
CoppaFeel! founder Ms Hallenga, who was misdiagnosed with breast cancer at age 23 and now lives with secondary breast cancer, is urging women to check their boobs regularly.
She said: “Our campaign focus this year is CoppaFeel! in the shower.
“It’s the perfect place to check your boobs as part of an everyday routine and especially after all the training for the Bath Half.
To find out more about CoppaFeel! visit www.coppafeel.org.