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Mark Wright is devasted by a leg injury that might jeopardise his chance of running the London Marathon this weekend.
The TV personality was set to run the postponed London Marathon this Sunday, but has been advised by doctors to pull out of the historic race.
Mark appeared on ITV’s Lorraine on Friday only moments after his physio session, when his doctor had told him that he’d tore his calf muscle.
The former Towie star looked disappointed as he shared the update with Lorraine and cuddled his adorable dog.
He said: “I've got a slight injury. I've got a tear in my calf."
"It is annoying it's upsetting really cos I trained so hard. I don't know, I've just got to sit and think about it, that's why I'm a little startled this morning.
"He's advised me not to run but …"
He continued: "If I wasn't doing it Sunday I would do the next one, which comes around in April, because I've trained now.”
With three days until the event, the 34 year old said he was “annoyed and upset” by this last minute injury.
Even in full health, the marathon is a gruelling challenge that stretches regular and novice runners to the limit.
To get in shape for the event, Mark undertook some professional help and was trained by the former London Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe.
Paula and Mark worked with Flora as part of their Get Towns Active campaign to encourage others to take up exercise. Mark hoped his entry would inspire others to take up running and perhaps even attempt the physical challenge themselves.
The former Crawley Town footballer told The Sun last month he thinks his age is “catching up with him” after he tried to get back into professional football last season.
In football, Mark had relentless injuries, but it was only when he started training for the marathon that he noticed how much they impacted him.
“Age is definitely showing this last year. I’ve never been someone who suffers from injuries,” Mark told the paper.
"At Crawley it didn’t stop, it was injury after injury just from overload.
"In the run I just did, the 10 miler, it was like my groins and hip flexors were stiffening up and that never used to happen. If I don’t do the marathon now I’ll never do it.”
As a life-long fitness fanatic, the star is in incredible shape, he even took part in this year’s Soccer Aid charity match. But it’s unclear if he’ll be able to run with his injury this Sunday.
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