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Vegas hits YouTube to promote St Helens 10K
8:00am Friday 8th February 2013 in News
JOHNNY Vegas is urging Star readers to sign up for the St Helens 10K – in a special YouTube clip that race organisers hope will go viral.
The comedian lets rip with a tongue-in-cheek rant about the benefits of the run, which takes place on Sunday, March 10.
Speaking into the camera, Vegas jokes: “Running is good for you and most importantly – ‘do you really want to end up like me.
“I have just made a cup of tea and...(pause) I am out of breath – so do something with your life – get out running.
“You never know, you might bump into me at the bus stop – and the bus isn’t coming and I’m just talking and talking to you....and it’s like someone is pouring hot lead down your ears.
“And you just want to run but you can’t – and you’ll be there thinking ‘why didn’t I do the 10K run – then I would not be stuck here with this madman.
“I just get lonely waiting for the 10A bus.”
So far more than 700 people have entered the run, which is in its third year and presents a monster challenge because of the hilly route through St Helens.
Among the runners is a team from the St Helens Star, which is raising money for the Steve Prescott Foundation’s ‘Luke Forward’ campaign.
The project – further details of which will be confirmed in coming weeks – will be based in the town and aims to make a lasting difference to the life of former rugby player Luke Bryan, who was paralysed from the neck down while playing for Haydock in 1996.
Organisers, the SPF, were delighted to secure some time with Thatto Heath raised Vegas, real name Michael Pennington, whose career in radio and television continues to gather pace.
With the Johnny Vegas character now very much an “alter-ego” for comedy purposes, he is embracing the challenges of acting, writing and directing.
At Christmas he had a starring role in Mr Stink, one of the BBC’s major festive productions, and last week an episode of the drama series Moving On, which the ex-Benidorm actor directed, was aired.
He also directed and acted in a BBC Radio 4 production of Enid Blyton’s Magic Faraway Tree and later this month will appear in the Sky Atlantic series Common Ground as a tattooist.
To view the YouTube clip visit sthelensstar.co.uk