Absolute Radio producer to run marathon for Hackney Empire

Fitness enthusiast and Absolute Radio producer Chris Skinner is running the London marathon this Sunday to raise money for the Hackney Empire.

He has been preparing for the sporting challenge despite suffering knee problems.

He said: “I have never run a marathon before but I am highly motivated and plan to tear the course apart!”

Funds raised will help maintain the century-old Hackney Empire which welcomes over 100,000 visitors each year.

He added: “This iconic east London venue can not continue without help from nice people like you!”

Mr Skinner, who lives in Moulins Road, Hackney, is behind shows by Dave Gorman and Arsenal footballer Ian Wright.

Read his training blog at http://hackneyempire.tumblr.com/