The ‘Weirwolf’ will join host of celebrities for Silverstone Half Marathon in Northamptonshire this weekend

The starting gun for the fifth Silverstone Half Marathon is set to sound at noon on Sunday, March 15.
The starting gun for the fifth Silverstone Half Marathon is set to sound at noon on Sunday, March 15.

Paralympic champion David Weir is set to join a host of celebrities and about 7,000 runners in Northamptonshire tomorrow for the Silverstone Half Marathon.

TV and sports presenter Charlie Webster is set to drop the chequered flag to start the race at noon before joining the mass of runners for her fifth run at the Formula One circuit in the county.

Runners during the Silverstone half marathon.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER/MNCE 001607-26 ENGPNL00120140128112237

Runners during the Silverstone half marathon.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER/MNCE 001607-26 ENGPNL00120140128112237

Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir will be joined on the start line by a variety of soap stars including Casualty and Call the Midwife actor George Rainsford, Doc Martin star Jessica Ransom and Doctors regular Matt Kennard.

They are all running for the charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research along with thousands of others raising money for charitable causes.

Race director Hugh Brasher, said: “The Silverstone Half has established itself as an important race for many charity and club runners to assess their spring marathon training progress and is a key indicator of their training ahead of the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon.”

Weir, nicknamed ‘the Weirwolf’, retained the Silverstone wheelchair title last year in a time of 49:44, more than five minutes faster than second-placed Simon Lawson, and will be targeting a fourth successive win.

Lawson will compete with Weir once again in 2015 after coming second to the ‘Weirwolf’ two years running.

Joining them will be 19-year-old Paralympic athlete Jade Jones who is set to compete at Silverstone for the third time.

Jones finished 30 minutes ahead of her nearest rival in her inaugural Silverstone Half to win the 2013 race in a time of 1:02:09.

She followed this up with an impressive second-place finish behind fellow Team GB member Shelly Woods in 2014.

The adidas Silverstone Half Marathon starts at noon on Sunday, March 15.