Hertfordshire runner tackles a ‘Soapathon’

A Hertfordshire runner is set to undertake a running challenge with a difference – the world’s first 'Soapathon'. 

What exactly is a soapthon? A soap opera-inspired run. On Thursday 24 May, Richard Kell will embark on this unusual 300-mile challenge, which will take him from London and the Queen Vic set of EastEnders, north to Emmerdale in Harrogate, then across to Manchester and Coronation Street’s cobbles before the final leg to Liverpool and the Hollyoaks set. Richard aims to grace each famous pub with his presence, possibly making this the world’s longest pub crawl, too. 

Ahead of his challenge Richard 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 with plenty of grit and determination I’ll make the distance. I’m running it over a week, so it’s about 45-50 miles a day (assuming I don’t get lost – my navigational skills leave a lot to be desired!). An added complication is the need to avoid filming sessions – meaning I may have to run through the night for part of the trip."

All funds raised from the challenge will go to the Help the Heroes charity. "Help for Heroes provides invaluable support for the brave lads and lasses who continue to do such an amazing job in Afghanistan," says Richard. "They have helped thousands of wounded servicemen and women to adjust to life changing injuries and rebuild their lives – people to whom we all owe a huge debt of gratitude."