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Joseph cast member Zoë’s London Marathon blog  
Follow the London production of Joseph's very own Zoë Smith as she gears up for the 2009 London Marathon.

In her introductory blog, Zoë talks us through her reasons for taking up the marathon challenge and opens up her diary for the first time…


How this all began is very simple. My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February 2008 and had to have his prostate removed later in the year. After seeing how wonderful the surgeon, the nurses and everybody else involved were throughout his ordeal, I wanted to help raise awareness of this terrible disease, which unfortunately is the most common form of cancer in men.I have always wanted to run the London Marathon after watching it on telly for many years, and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to fulfil my ambition and make a difference to a cause that means a lot to my family and I, as well as to lots of other families across the UK.

So, here I go. I’m ready for this challenge of a lifetime. I’ve never done anything like this before and I am certainly not an experienced runner, so I am starting my training pretty much from scratch. But I will not let that phase me and I am determined to achieve what I set out to do. So keep checking in on my blogs to see how my training is progressing, and to make sure I’m still alive!

I will need all the support I can get, so if you would like to sponsor me, please visit

Blog 1

Monday 29th December 2008

Aaahh!! It’s really happening! Today I went to the London Marathon Store in Covent Garden and bought my fantastic trainers. In order to find the right pair you must run on a treadmill for 30-40 secs while a camera films you running so it can detect if the trainers are supporting you properly. I tried on at least 10 pairs till I found the perfect fit so I ended up getting quite a bit of a workout out of it! It now makes it all so real. Oh my God!!!!!!! The hard work truly begins now!

Tuesday 30th December 2008

So the trainers have been bought and I’m off to the gym for the first time!……. Well it went OK considering I haven’t ran in a long time. I was on the treadmill for 30 minutes which felt great. 2.39 miles!!! Once I had stopped though I realised how tired I was. Oh God and I have at least another 20+ miles more to go!! Aaah!! Having a programme made up for me next week at the gym so will let you know how that goes.

Tuesday 6th January 2009

Today was my induction at the gym and it was brilliant. The instructor was really helpful and gave me tips on how to improve my routine. Obviously the main thing I’m doing is running on the treadmill but to break up the monotony, he suggested I also use a cross trainer. Hardcore fitness stuff! Anyway, felt brilliant at the end of yet another 4 mile run (did my first 4 miles the Friday before) but I need to start gradually increasing the distance if I have any chance at all of surviving this huge mammoth task! Oh well, “head down and get on with it” is my motto. I will catch up with you all in another couple of weeks. By then we should have started rehearsals with Gareth Gates!

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