COMEDIAN and TV star Hugh Dennis has had to pull out of the Great South Run which he was taking part in for a dementia charity.
The Outnumbered actor, who lives near Chichester, was due to be one of about 25,000 people taking part in Sunday’s 10-mile event.
The presenter has run the course before, in 2009, 2011 and 2014, but due to a torn calf muscle is now unable to take part.
However his son Freddie will still be taking part and Hugh will be supporting from the sidelines.
Hugh, who is a panellist on Mock the Week, said: ‘The Great South Run is a great course with a fantastic atmosphere and I was looking forward to raising money for this deserving cause.’
It’s estimated 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia – a condition that not only affects individuals but their friends and families too. Alzheimer’s Society carries out important work in helping people with dementia and their loved ones.
‘And in raising awareness of the disease so people have a greater understanding of its effects and of the support that is available.’
Starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade, in Southsea, the 10-mile run goes through Old Portsmouth before entering the historic dockyard and along the seafront.
Hugh’s son Freddie will be joined by another 450 people who will also be running for the dementia cause.
Natalie Bettinson, Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for Hampshire, said: ‘It’s great that Hugh gives his time to support Alzheimer’s Society.
‘There are 2,247 people living with dementia in Portsmouth and it can happen to anyone. With the right support people can live well with dementia.
‘As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Hugh.
‘It helps us continue our vital work so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against the disease dementia.’