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Peter Ash’s Coronation Street character diagnosed with MND inspires real-life run

Coronation Street star Peter Ash takes on AJ Bell Great Manchester Run to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

In an exhilarating display of solidarity and determination, Coronation Street actor Peter Ash has announced his participation in the prestigious AJ Bell Great Manchester Run.

Running the 10K challenge, Peter aims to raise vital funds for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association, inspired by his upcoming storyline on the show that sees his character, Paul Foreman, grappling with an MND diagnosis.

This bold move is a testament to his commitment to authentically portraying the realities of MND and raising awareness about the challenges faced by individuals living with the condition.

Peter’s preparations for the run included spending valuable time with Mike, a courageous individual who, like Paul, once worked in the building trade and is now battling MND.

This personal encounter allowed Peter to gain deep insights into the physical and emotional toll of the early symptoms.

If you’re feeling inspired to take on the challenge, you can sign up to the run by clicking here.

Additionally, he found inspiration in the remarkable journey of Rob Burrow MBE, the MND Association patron and legendary rugby league figure who has been bravely battling the disease for over three years.

Expressing his heartfelt motivation, Peter shared, “Real people’s stories are so inspirational, and I feel a responsibility.

We act it, but there will be people watching who are living with it – it’s very important to get it right.”

By actively supporting the MND Association, Peter aims to shed light on the incredible work they do, providing invaluable support to individuals living with MND and funding crucial research efforts.

Chris James, the Director of External Affairs at the MND Association, expressed immense gratitude to the Coronation Street team for choosing to highlight MND.

The decision to present the disease before a weekly audience of six million viewers is expected to raise unparalleled awareness and educate those who may have had no prior exposure to MND.

This groundbreaking storyline will offer viewers an intimate glimpse into the day-to-day realities faced by individuals affected by the disease.

“We’re delighted Peter has chosen to take on the AJ Bell Great Manchester Run for the MND Association in May,” Chris James added.

By joining a team of dedicated runners sporting the Association’s distinctive orange and blue colors, Peter will contribute to the much-needed funds that help the MND community and their families.

Peter Ash will not be alone in his quest for support and awareness.

Joining him on the start line will be fellow Coronation Street stars Ryan Russel, who portrays Michael Bailey, and Channique Sterling-Brown, known for her role as Dee Dee Bailey.

Channique will be running in support of a local community center established by the charity Manchester Vineyard, further exemplifying the shared commitment to making a difference.

The AJ Bell Great Manchester Run, celebrating its 20th staging in 2023, promises to be an extraordinary event that unites thousands of passionate runners.

With the iconic Portland Street start line setting the stage, participants will embark on an awe-inspiring journey, passing Manchester’s cherished landmarks before triumphantly crossing the finish line at Deansgate.

Live music, vibrant entertainment zones, and unwavering support from enthusiastic spectators promise to transform the race into a jubilant celebration of community and determination.

To support Peter Ash and contribute to his fundraising efforts, individuals can donate directly through his dedicated fundraising page at

By joining hands and rallying behind Peter’s remarkable endeavor, we can collectively make a profound impact in the lives of those affected by Motor Neurone Disease.

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