Scarlett Moffatt pulled out of Sunday’s Great North Run and will instead take on the challenge next year.
The former Gogglebox star was set to run the 13 miles of the Newcastle-based half-marathon on Sunday morning. Other famous names running this year included Paula Radcliffe, Vicky Pattison and Olly Murs.
The race was eventually won by Sir Mo Farah, in a course record of 59 minutes and 26 seconds.
Scarlett, 28, told fans on her official fundraising page that she wouldn’t be taking part in the race but didn’t give a reason, promising she’d do it next year instead.
“Thank you all so much for your donations,” she wrote. “I have matched donations to date and have closed the donations on this page.
“I completely understand if you want your sponsorship back, which you can do by contacting the charity directly.”
The news will come as a surprise to her fans as she has been posting regular social media updates about her training and appeared to be looking forward to running the race in her home city.
When she first announced her plans to run, she wrote on her fundraising page: “If you said to me ‘Scarlett you’re going to run a half marathon 13.2 miles’ I’d have laughed and said I can’t even run a bath! I’m the kind of person who doesn’t even go on long walks let alone run.”
Back in July, she suggest she was in need of some motivation.
She shared a throwback picture of herself looking fit, quipping: “Motivation where are you. I need you back for the Great North Run.”
Scarlett announced her plans to take on the Great North Run in April, telling fans: “Excited to announce I’m the ambassador for a local northern charity the Angel Trust, on thinking of ways I could raise money, I’m pushing myself to the extreme & doing something I’ve actually never done before (running) & not just a little run, the half marathon.”
She later said: “Really looking forward to it (not gonna lie I’m super nervous and scared also ha) but gonna start my training today. 20 weeks and counting.”
Entertainment Daily has reached out to Scarlett’s representatives.
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