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  Tuesday, 17 April, 2001, 18:26 GMT 19:26 UK
Stars out for marathon effort
Redgraves
Two Redgraves are running the London marathon
By BBC Sport Online's Alex Trickett

Being a celebrity is not all about glamour and glitz.

Sometimes the stars roll up their sleeves and sweat with the rest of us.

And what better venue to do so than the London Marathon.

Continuing the tradition of many years, a brave brigade of household names will don trainers and take on the winding 26-mile course from Greenwich to the Mall on Sunday.

Their prize? A full set of aching limbs, a fat cheque for charity and the knowledge they have tamed one of the toughest endurance events in sport.

Steve Rider
Rider races again

This year's victims include Sir Steven Redgrave and wife Anne, who will both be running for the Sir Steven Redgrave Charitable Trust.

Redgrave may begin to wish he had stayed in his boat by the time he hits the dreaded 22-mile barrier, but will no doubt show his Olympic spirit.

Boxing's Frank Bruno and Adrian Dodson - the newly crowned IBO super-middleweight world champion - join him in the starting line-up.

Aston Villa boss John Gregory, racehorse trainer Charlie Egerton and rogue trader Nick Leeson are also putting themselves in the firing line.

And the BBC offers up its own Steve Rider, the Grandstand anchorman, for sacrifice.

Rider is no stranger to the marathon and has posted a career best time of five hours, 15 minutes and 49 seconds.

  Celebrity leaderboard
Steve Cram, 2:35:44
Seb Coe, 2:58:00
Roger Black, 3:41:47
Jeremy Bates, 3:45:09
Annabel Croft, 3:53:33
Graham Gooch, 4:45:10
Allan Lamb, 4:46:00
Frank Bruno, 5:15:49
Steve Rider, 5:42:23
Ian Botham, 5:52:41

Although this does not put him high up on the celebrity leaderboard, it does edge him past Ian Botham - who prefers to walk long distances for charity.

As expected, ex-Olympians top the celebrity list.

Steve Cram sets the pace with a lightning 2:35:44, followed by Seb Coe and Roger Black.

Former tennis player Annabel Croft puts in a sound showing with her 3:45:09.

And, trailing in her wake, come two English cricketers of Botham's era.

It should be noted that Graham Gooch posted a time of 4:45:10 just two years after Allan Lamb clocked 4:46:00.

How the flame of competition burns, even among fun runners.


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