London Marathon 2024: The most influential celebs who took part

New research has revealed the most influential celebrities who participated in this year’s London Marathon, with Russ Cook topping the list.  

The study, conducted by the weight-loss programme Second Nature, analysed the follower counts of each celebrity who took part in this year’s race to determine the ranking.  

Russ Cook tops the list, with a staggering 1,224,504 followers on Instagram, after becoming the first person ever to run the entire length of Africa earlier this month.  

However, this didn’t stop the athlete from participating in this year’s London Marathon and raising donations for The Running Charity. Cook reportedly completed the race in the impressive time of four hours, 25 minutes and 40 seconds.  

Romesh Ranganathan has been named the second most influential celebrity to take part in Sunday’s race.  

The iconic comedian has 1,052,326 followers on Instagram and participated in the marathon to raise donations and awareness for the Campaign Against Living Miserably. Romesh completed the marathon in six hours, 35 minutes and 21 seconds.  

In third place is Joel Dommett, who has an Instagram following of 874,663. The beloved comedian completed the marathon while wearing Danny Jones’ infamous piranha costume from ITV’s The Masked Singer.  

The comedian completed the marathon in five hours, 19 minutes and 39 seconds; Dommett participated in Sunday’s race to raise donations for the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices charity.  

Next on the list is Harry Judd, who has 648,063 followers on Instagram. The McFly star was running for The Children’s Trust and finished the race in three hours, 23 minutes and 40 seconds.  

Phil Dunster has been named as the fifth most influential celebrity who participated in the 2024 London Marathon.  

The Ted Lasso actor, who has 491,772 followers on Instagram, took part in this year’s race to raise donations for Young Lives vs Cancer and completed the marathon with a reported time of four hours, 53 minutes and 26 seconds.  

Tom Trotter is next on the list, with 473,106 Instagram followers. The online coach participated in the race despite struggling with a hamstring injury and finished the marathon in two hours, 59 minutes and 15 seconds.  

Tom Grennan is named as the seventh most influential celebrity in this year’s marathon.  

The singer-songwriter, who has 466,791 Instagram followers, participated in this year’s race to represent Shelter, the UK-based charity. Grennan completed the marathon in three hours, 45 minutes and 39 seconds.  

Jamie Borthwick is eighth in the ranking, with 355,386 Instagram followers.  

Alongside his EastEnders co-star, Emma Barton, the actor completed the race partly in character as his iconic character on the show, Jay Brown. Borthwick finished the marathon with a time of six hours, 37 minutes and seven seconds.  

Next on the list is Natalie Pinkham, who has 335,386 followers on Instagram.  

The F1 reporter ran the marathon in the memory of Caroline Flack and to raise awareness for the Samaritans charity. Pinkham completed the marathon in the impressive time of four hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds.  

Lastly, Jenni Falconer has been named as the tenth most influential celebrity in this year’s marathon, with an Instagram following of 310,706 

Sunday’s race marked the radio and television presenter’s ninth marathon. Falconer completed the marathon with a finishing time of four hours, 15 minutes and 44 seconds.  

Other recognisable faces who participated in this year’s London Marathon included former Health Secretary Matt Hancock and comedian Rosie Jones.  



Instagram Followers 


Russ Cook 



Romesh Ranganathan 



Joel Dommett 



Harry Judd 



Phil Dunster 



Tom Trotter 



Tom Grennan 



Jamie Borthwick 



Natalie Pinkham 



Jenni Falconer 



Mike Gibbs, the co-founder of Second Nature, has commented on the study’s findings: “It’s incredible to see so many well-known faces who participated in this year’s London Marathon and raised donations for hugely important causes.  

“This year, a record number of runners participated in the London Marathon. Seeing such an incredible and supportive atmaosphere at this year’s race will hopefully inspire those considering signing up for the event next year.”  

This information was provided by the weight-loss programme, Second Nature 

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