Actor, Philip McGinley, famous for his role as Anguy the Archer in season three of HBO's Game of Thrones, completed the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run on September 28 for Diabetes UK, Bupa UK’s charity partner for the Great Run Series.
McGinley finished the 10k race in a time of 49 minutes and 49 seconds. Speaking of the run, he said: “I'm pleased with my time especially as I'd chosen to run at the back where all the fun happens. It's a lovely race and the people of Yorkshire were out in force, cheering us on all the way.”
Philip McGinley runs regularly to keep fit and has run for Diabetes UK in the past including taking part in last year’s Bupa Great North Run held annually in Newcastle. He said: “My best friend has Type 1 diabetes and so I think Diabetes UK is a good charity and one that I’ve always enjoyed running for.”
Born in Merseyside, McGinley also has strong ties to Yorkshire having just finished filming a second series of Drifters, a British sitcom set in Leeds that was first aired on E4 in October 2013. The second series is due for release on 8 December 2014 by 4DVD. He has also performed in three plays at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre, most recently as Luther in an acclaimed production of D.H Lawrence’s The Daughter-in-Law.
Fiona Streeter Bupa Events Manager for Diabetes UK, said: “We are delighted that Philip has chosen to support Diabetes UK this year. His recognition of the important work that we do to help support the 3.8 million people living with diabetes in the UK will enable us to continue to raise awareness and funds for those coping with this life-long condition. If managed correctly people with diabetes can live healthy, happy lives and Diabetes UK works hard to help people with the condition avoid some of the serious complications it can cause such as such as heart disease, stroke and amputation.
“Diabetes UK is delighted to yet again be the Bupa charity partner for the Bupa Great Run Series in 2014. Together we are working towards a future without diabetes.”
Money raised from the Bupa Great Run Series will enable Diabetes UK and Bupa to raise awareness and vital funds to support the 3.8 million people in the UK living with diabetes, including delivering a series of Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows around the UK in 2014 to find those who may have the condition but have not been diagnosed.