London Marathon 2024: Ruth Wilson to honour father with Alzheimer’s - 'he will be in our hearts'

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Other famous faces joining Ruth Wilson in the London Marathon include comedian and TV presenter Romesh Ranganathan and Ted Lasso’s Phil Dunster.

Luther star Ruth Wilson is set to run the London Marathon to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.

The 42-year-old star is taking on the 26.2 mile challenge with her three brothers for the charity Alzheimer’s Research UK, which has supported her family following their father’s Alzheimer's diagnosis.

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Wilson’s father, Nigel, was one of 7,741 people who ran the first London Marathon in 1981, crossing the finish line in 3hrs 15mins.

Wilson, known for roles in The Affair and His Dark Materials, said: “There’s zero chance of us getting anywhere near Dad’s time, but he will be in our hearts and driving us towards the finish line.

“While the London Marathon will be the toughest physical challenge of our lives, we’re determined to do everything we can to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and the amazing work they do.

“I’ve been astounded by people’s support for our fundraising. This run is for Dad, but also for anyone who has been through a similar journey with their loved ones.

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“Research is our best hope of overcoming dementia and we’re proud to play our part.”

Ruth Wilson pictured with her dad Nigel and brothers Sam, Toby and MattRuth Wilson pictured with her dad Nigel and brothers Sam, Toby and Matt
Ruth Wilson pictured with her dad Nigel and brothers Sam, Toby and Matt

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’re delighted to have Ruth, her brothers and nephew joining our team of runners taking part in the TCS London Marathon to support our search for a cure.

“By taking part in this iconic event, they’ll not only raise vital funds for research in honour of Nigel, but also help shine a much-needed spotlight on dementia and the importance of research to tackle it.

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“We wish all our runners the very best of luck on race-day. The charity and our fantastic volunteers will be out in force to cheer everyone on and ensure it’s a day to remember.”

A record number of 50,000 people are set to take part in the TCS London Marathon on Sunday April 21.

Other famous faces joining Wilson in the running challenge include comedian and TV presenter Romesh Ranganathan and Phil Dunster, who plays Jamie Tartt in Ted Lasso.

Ranganathan will be running in support of Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), a mental health charity, while Dunster will be running for Young Lives vs Cancer.

Other notable participants include former British-Iranian hostage Anoosheh Ashoori who will be running his third London marathon and also a team of Ukrainian marines will be taking on the challenge.

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