Emmerdale star up and running for Leeds 10K

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Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick will be among the runners in the Asda Foundation Leeds 10K this July.

It will be the first major race tackled by Michelle - Vanessa Woodfield in the popular ITV soap – who only started running at the end of April.

The 39-year-old actress, who is from Wakefield and lives in Leeds, said: “I wanted to set myself a challenge. My brother and sister-in-law do the Leeds 10K every year and they suggested I should have a go. I signed up for the event on the day of this year’s London Marathon.”

Michelle said other members of Emmerdale’s cast and crew, including Tony Audenshaw and Chris Chittell, are also keen runners and have provided plenty of help and advice.

She said: “I am really enjoying it and get out three times a week.

“I started very steadily because I wanted to avoid injury. I go out running near my home with my dog, Harley, and he is really enjoying it too. I do have a treadmill at my parent’s home in Rothwell but running outdoors is much more fun.

“The good thing is that I don’t have to film every day so it’s not too difficult to find the time. Running is very convenient. You can step out of your door and away you go.”

Michelle is running in aid of the MS Society.

“It’s a cause that’s very close to my heart. The society does a tremendous amount of good work and the run is a great opportunity to raise funds to support that work,” she said.

It will be the ninth running of the Leeds 10K, which is part of the lasting legacy of the late Jane Tomlinson, who completed a series of tough endurance challenges to raise nearly £2m for charity despite being diagnosed with terminal cancer. Since its launch in 2007 the event has raised well over £2.5m for good causes.