EastEnders shares first look at Honey and Jay's marathon story

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EastEnders has shared a first look at the upcoming storyline in which Honey Mitchell and Jay Brown will run the London Marathon in memory of the late Lola Pearce-Brown.

The duo are taking on the famous event in order to fundraise for a cause that meant a lot to Lola, and the scenes will see them not only deal with the physical challenges of training for and running a marathon, but also being reminded of her death and trying to process the grief months down the line.

Alongside the storyline on the show, actors Emma Barton and Jamie Borthwick will be competing in the London Marathon in real life, raising money for Children in Need and Prostate Cancer UK, respectively.

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Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron - BBC

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Parts of the event will be ran in character in order to get footage for the soap, whilst the remainder will be for the stars themselves to raise money. The London Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 21, this year, so the scenes will air after that.

"It's an absolute privilege to be taking part in this storyline and to be running the London Marathon for a second time," Barton said. "I'm thrilled to be running on behalf of BBC Children in Need, an amazing organisation that does so much for kids across the UK. Their projects and initiatives enrich the lives of so many children, and I’m proud to be fundraising to support that incredible work.

"EastEnders is so synonymous with London, and it will be a first time for me as an actor that I'll be able to break that fourth wall as Jamie and I act out our scenes amongst the other runners as we race across the capital in this landmark event. I can't wait!"

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Jack Barnes/Kieron McCarron - BBC

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Borthwick added that: "I'm so honoured to be taking part in the London Marathon. EastEnders is a London show, and as far as I'm aware, we've never shown it before on screen so I’m really excited to be a part of it, although I swore I would never run it again after the last time!

"I'll be running for Prostate Cancer UK because both my dad and my uncle have had the disease. Thankfully, they're both cancer-free now and we're all so grateful of the amazing work Prostate Cancer UK do to support people during their illness."

EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer, where most episodes drop early at 6am ahead of their TV broadcast.

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