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Meet the Strictly Come Dancing star who’s running a marathon for CALM!

The London Marathon is a big day in the #TeamCALM calendar and this year we’ve got a familiar face donning the neon orange vest and taking to the streets. 

That’s right, Strictly Come Dancing star Giovanni Pernice will be running the London Marathon for CALM. The Italian pro dancer has found time in his packed schedule to get his trainers out and leg it around London in support of CALM’s movement against suicide.

“CALM is such a fantastic organisation and helps so many people,” he said. “If I can spread the word and raise some money for CALM, then that would be fantastic. This is my first marathon. I am very excited, not nervous yet. I can’t wait to hear the crowds and be cheered on throughout the day. I am very focused and want to achieve a good time, so hopefully I will use any nervous energy to help me run faster.”

Giovanni says training for the marathon will slot nicely into his schedule. “I have a very physically demanding job, and being healthy keeps me focused and in good spirits. I started my training in 2019 with short distance runs, and as we get closer to the Marathon day I will up the distance so I am ready for the 26.2 miles. I have a full show schedule with my UK Tour, which will keep me fit and healthy. As I am touring most of the UK, running gives me a great excuse to explore each venue and city. I will go on runs before I start rehearsals.”

You can follow Giovanni’s prep on Instagram, while you can donate via his fundraising page.

Bit of a runner yourself? Want to run with CALM in future? Join CALM’s Running Collective!

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