BY TOBY PORTER
Running is no joke but comedy actress Katherine Parkinson managed to complete 10k for a children’s charity last month.
The IT Crowd star completed the Greenwich 10k Santa Run for Barnardo’s.
Katherine (pictured above), best known for her role as office manager Jen in the Channel 4 comedy and as hassled mum Laura in Channel 4 drama Humans, said she had been training hard for the challenge.
The mum-of-two, 40, who also played the receptionist in Doc Martin, which stars Martin Clunes, said: “I used to be quite a strong runner when I was at school and used to do the 800m and 1500m, and especially enjoyed the 400m.
“But I didn’t run at all as a student, because I was a heavy smoker and assumed I wouldn’t be able to.
“However, I started running again when I wanted to give up smoking, and it was the thing that kept me off the cigarettes.
“I now run about three times a week for half an hour to 40 minutes.”
Katherine, who hails from Tolworth in Kingston-Upon-Thames, is a long-term supporter of Barnardo’s, and has just been announced as a new ambassador for the charity.
She said: “I think Barnardo’s is a wonderful charity. “I used to collect for them in my
money box at school in Surbiton.
“All children deserve the opportunity to flourish and Barnardo’s helps this to happen.”
Run, ride, trek and challenge your self with #TeamBarnardos to help transform the lives of vulnerable children across the UK.
To find out more visit www.barnardos.org.uk/get-involved/challenge-events.