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Dermot O’Leary set to CoppaFeel! at the Bath Half Marathon.

Dermot O'Leary to run Bath Half Marathon in 2013

Dermot O'Leary will return to Bath for the 2013 BATHALF (Photo: Marc Aitken)

Dermot O’Leary, X Factor and BBC Radio 2 Presenter, has confirmed that he will return to Bath in 2013 to run the Bath Half Marathon (BATHALF) for a second time.

O’Leary will race through the City’s streets in support of breast cancer awareness charity, CoppaFeel!

Dermot will lead out a sea of boobs on Sunday 3 March next year as he joins 200 men and women wearing giant boobs, known as the ‘hooters’ all running for CoppaFeel!, which was recently announced as the BATHALF’s lead charity for 2013.

O’Leary, who ran the BATHALF in 2012 said: “I had such a great time last year running with the boob team that I couldn’t help but jump on the bandwagon again.

“Kris’s story and her tireless work is what inspires me to get involved with CoppaFeel! and I couldn’t think of a better way to show my support than running with this sea of giant boobs again.”

Mel Taylor, Charity Director at Running High commented: “We are absolutely thrilled that Dermot will be supporting CoppaFeel! again at the 2013 BATHALF. Dermot was so much fun last year so this comes as fantastic news for CoppaFeel! – he will be a very welcome addition amongst our 15,000 runners.

“General public entries for the half marathon are now sold out, so if you are hoping for a spot in the race, we would urge you to secure a reserved place through our Lead Race Charity CoppaFeel!, or one of our other fantastic charities, although these places are also selling fast this year”.

CoppaFeel! was founded in October 2009 by Kristin Hallenga who herself was misdiagnosed with breast cancer at age 23; and now lives with secondary breast cancer.

The charity educates young people  on the importance of checking their boobs regularly and knowing the signs and symptoms of breast cancer.

CoppaFeel! aim to deliver their message in innovative and memorable ways.

Kristin said: “We want to educate young people on the importance of checking their boobs regularly. Our campaign focus this year is CoppaFeel! in the shower. It’s the perfect place to check your boobs as part of an everyday routine and especially after all the training for the BATHALF!”

The Bath Half Marathon, which is the largest road race in the south west, supports over 80 local and national charities each year and the 2012 event raised over £1.5 million for charity.

Details of another celebrity set to support CoppaFeel! by taking part in the BATHALF will be announced soon.

If you would like more information on entering the Bath Half Marathon and would like to know how you can run for one of the featured charities, log on to or call the Running High team on 01225 422 255. To find out more about running for CoppaFeel!, go to is the online home of Triathlon Plus. Save time and money by having every issue delivered to your door or digital device by subscribing to the print edition or buying digitally through Zinio or Apple Newsstand.

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