Actor Greg Kelly prepares for latest role at London Marathon

Actor Greg Kelly has appeared in Coronation Street and Hollyoaks

Actor Greg Kelly is preparing for his next part – playing the role of a doctor on the run in the London Marathon.

Greg, 34, has also appeared in Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and various TV roles.

Wearing blue scrubs, a white jacket and a stethoscope, he will be hoping to earn a place in the record books on Sunday, April 28, and raise funds for St Ann’s Hospice.

The fastest time for completing the Guinness World Record dressed as a doctor is two hours and 53 minutes.

Greg has only run one marathon quicker than the record in the 16 marathons he has completed.

Greg, from Reddish, said: “My first marathon was in London in 2005 and took over five hours. Attempting a world record in under three hours there seems hard to believe.

“I’ll have my work cut out with this attempt because not only will I be wearing a doctor’s outfit, but I’ll also have to adapt to potential weather issues.

“Scorching temperatures at the London Marathon last year had a knock-on effect and understandably slowed down all runners. Fingers crossed the weather is a little kinder this year!

“Guinness World Records have confirmed they will be present on the day to adjudicate and no-one has set a world record for St Ann’s Hospice in this kind of fundraising which is also a big motivation.

“It’s something different and the doctor role has an obvious link with St Ann’s where they play a vital role in caring for patients as I know from my own family’s experience. ”

Greg and his family have already raised more than £12,000 for St Ann’s, where his late father Ian was a patient three years ago.

Sister Rachel raised £2,000 last year, helped by a generous donation from her employers PwC in Manchester.

  • To donate to Greg’s fundraising and help him and his family reach their target go to, or to sign up for your own challenge in support of the hospice email or call 0161 498 3631 for more information.