TV Producer Simon Lythgoe, son of choreographer and TV talent show judge Nigel Lythgoe - of Popstars fame - is delighted to be running the London Marathon for us on Sunday, 3rd October 2021— the first time we’ve had a charity place in the event.
Simon, who lives between Los Angeles and where he grew up near Potters Bar, Herts, said: “I’m honoured to be representing Carers in Hertfordshire in the marathon and raising money to help give carers the support they need.”
He continued: “When I was a child my grandmother, Joyce, had breast cancer, though she survived the ordeal it led her to drink too much. In my late teens I lived with my Nan at the farm in Broxbourne and would often take her to hospital or health appointments, cook and provide her with support. I didn’t identify as a carer back then but looking back, of course I was. I loved both my grandparents very much and being able to help and spend quality time with them before they passed away has given me some of my happiest memories.”
Simon, 46, whose career credits include TV classics like The Royal Variety Performance,, Blind Date, American Idol, Gladiators in several countries including the UK and Australia, Home and Away and Sky One football drama Dream Team, continued: “I’m so excited about running in London as this will be my third and final marathon. As soon as I got my place I began training.”
He added: “Discovering a passion for running four years ago changed my life and gave me a focus whilst I was in my own recovery in a 12-step program. Training has gone well.”
Simon hopes to finish the marathon in around four hours, which will beat his times from his previous 26.2-mile runs — the LA and Berlin Marathons.
Father-of-three Simon has an ambitious target of £3,000, and if you want to support him, you can make a donation via the link - Simon's fundraising page