James Corden to run from Paris to London
- Bang Showbiz
- 26 July 2011
'Gavin and Stacey' star James Corden is to run 280 miles from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to London's Marble Arch in aid of Sport Relief
James Corden is to run from Paris to London in aid of Sport Relief.
The 'Gavin and Stacey' star has been inspired to take on the 280-mile challenge from the Arc de Triomphe to Marble Arch following jokey jibes from comedian John Bishop, who stars alongside the presenter on sports quiz show 'A League Of Their Own'.
A friend said: "James has pretty much become the go-to guy for Sport Relief and Comic Relief but this is a really tall order. He's not exactly known for his love of running so to agree to more than ten marathons seems lunacy.
"John's been teasing him into doing it, saying he'll never make it - now James just wants to wipe the smile off his face. He's started training and is seeing docs next week to ensure he will be fit and ready to step the training up a level."
However, the 32-year-old actor's participation in the charity challenge is in doubt because he may need an operation on his knee after wrenching it three weeks ago, but James is "praying" he gets the chance to run.
His pal added to The Sun newspaper: "He's optimistic - as he always is - but is aware there is a chance he might be ruled out. He can just imagine what John would say then, so he's praying he gets the green light."
James has previously raised money for Sport Relief with a number of comedy sketches, including pretending to be his 'Gavin and Stacey' alter-ego Smithy as he shared a bath with football star David Beckham last year.