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Joanne to get race underway

RADIO WM’s Joanne Malin will be setting runners on their way at this year’s Knowle Fun Run.

RADIO WM’s Joanne Malin will be setting runners on their way at this year’s Knowle Fun Run.

In fact, it’ll be the second time that she’s sounded the klaxon, having previously done the honours in 2004.

And speaking to the Solihull News last week, she revealed she was considering running the race herself.

“I said to my husband this morning that we ought to start a bit of training and he didn’t say no,” she laughed.

“I’ve done Race for Life a few times, which is 5km, so I do like to keep the running up.

“When I got the runners started seven years ago I had great fun and I was delighted to be asked back.”

The presenter follows fellow celebrities such as Don Maclean, Bev Bevan and Phil Upton.

But it was funnyman Jasper Carrott who was first out the blocks, starting the event in 2001 and 2002.

And as it turns out, Joanne is hoping to borrow a few jokes from the comic to put the runners at ease.

“I’m actually doing something with Jasper for Comic Relief, which will give me chance to polish my stand-up skills.

“He’s my mentor in a challenge I’m doing with a couple of presenters from other parts of the country.

“In a few weeks I’m going to be performing at a London comedy club. It’s a really scary prospect.”

Simon Newell, from organisers Knowle and Dorridge Lions, said that over 500 people had signed up for this year’s run.

Starting at Arden School, participants will be raising money for the Stroke Association, Air Ambulance and Dorridge Scout Group.

If you’d like to register for the May 15 event, visit www.knowlefunrun.org.uk

 

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