Manchester TV Stars Follow Rod Bond in Guide Dogs for the Blind Association Half-Marathon Fundraiser

Manchester Television and Film Celebrities Follow Rod Bond’s Lead in Charity Half-Marathon

Under the auspices of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association half-marathon organised by local campaigner Rod Bond, a host of television and film celebrities from Manchester took part in the race. The star-studded half-marathon featured a large number of Coronation Street’s cast. The long line-up of Coronation Street stars included Lucy Fallon, Kym Marsh and Brooke Vincent alongside Katie McGylnn, Faye Brookes and Simon Gregson. Also taking part were Sally Dyvenor, Michael Le Vell, Helen Flanagan, Alan Halsall and Antony Cotton. Coronation Street’s executive producer, who also took part in the half-marathon, Iain MacLeod, said, “Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a cause that helps people and looks after hundreds of animals. They provide a life-changing service. The cast and crew firmly support their cause and were grateful to be asked by event organiser Rod Bond to take part.”

Rod Bond and Celebrity Friends

With the aim of raising millions of pounds for Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Rod Bond has assembled a star-studded list of celebrities for the occasion. Alongside the Coronation Street actors, former Formula One owner Bernie Ecclestone led a group of the motorsport’s current racing drivers. They included British champion Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel, Valterri Bottas, Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc. Speaking of the celebrities’ pledges and the total public donations Rod Bond said, “We were hoping to raise millions and it was millions that we ended up raising. With the millions that we’ve raised we’re hoping to develop two new guide dog training centres and ensure that the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association can continue its great work.”