Coronation Street’s Millie Gibson shows off medal after running 10k to raise money for charity
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Millie Gibson completed the 10K Great Manchester Run on Sunday 26 September.
The Coronation Street actress took to the streets of Manchester’s city centre in honour of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which provides education and training to reduce hate crime and create a lasting legacy for Sophie.
The actress supported the charity following Corrie’s storyline inspired by the real-life story of Sophie Lancaster.
Before the run, 17-year-old Millie told BBC Sport: “I’m doing it for the Sophie Lancaster Charity, which is about the Sophie Lancaster attack in 2007.
“It’s an amazing cause – I have raised £1,500, I think, so everything is good to put forward to it, so I’m really excited to do it.”
Coronation Street previously worked with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation as the soap followed a story of an unprovoked attack on Nina Lucas and her boyfriend Seb Franklin, inspired by the real-life experiences of Sophie and her boyfriend Robert Maltby.
Sophie Lancaster was involved in an unprovoked attack as she walked through a park in Lancashire with her boyfriend Rob in 2007 because of her appearance.
Sophie tragically died at Hope Hospital, Salford, aged just 20 years old, in August 2007.
Millie’s character in Corrie, Keely Neelan was part of the gang that chased Nina and Seb. Her character was recently jailed for murder after being framed by ringleader Corey Brent for the murder of Seb Franklin.
Flashback scenes of Millie’s character acting distraught before walking free from court were previously described by fans as “genius” and “intense”.
Millie has previously said about her character: “I think since she started showing more vulnerability and her actual true colours, rather than just this cocky teen, then people have started to soften towards her.
“She’s in a really dark place and people will see it’s not just an act.”
After completing the run, Millie stood proud with her medal as she posed for pictures after completing the equivalent of this year’s half a marathon.
Millie also supported the charity as she wore a red tank top that featured the foundation’s tagline ‘stamp out prejudice, hatred & intolerance everywhere’.
The actress completed the race alongside other famous faces like Waterloo Road and Emmerdale actor Adam Thomas, as well as Manchester United footballer Jesse Lingard.
Lingard ran alongside NHS workers and had the honour of starting the 10K run after the annual race was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
The route passed some of Manchester’s main attractions like Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the award-winning Imperial War Museum at Salford Quays, and The Lowry.
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