Corona­tion Street star Faye Brooks on singing on the tread­mill


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MY LOVE OF RUN­NING stems from my school days. My par­ents re­ally en­cour­aged my pas­sions, which in­cluded sport un­til drama took over.

WHEN I WAS DANC­ING EV­ERY NIGHT in live shows, I kept ex­tremely fit. But now I’m do­ing TV more [she plays Kate Con­nor in Corona­tion­street], I run to keep up my fit­ness. WHEN I LANDED A ROLE in the tour­ing ver­sion of Le­gally­blonde, I was

warned I had to be ‘show-fit’. I was told I had to be able to sing ev­ery song in the show while run­ning on a tread­mill. So that’s how I prac­tised.

I RE­ALLY MISSED THE rush when no longer do­ing live shows, so I de­cided to run this year’s Lon­don Marathon, but I picked up an in­jury so had to pull out. I hope to do it next year. MY BROTHER JACK WAS DI­AG­NOSED with leukaemia when he was nine

Faye is part of Team Macmil­lan and is do­ing Run Re­gent’s Park on June 11. Visit macmil­lan. org. uk/ run­ningevents to find out more about this and other events.

and it hit our family hard. But he was told six years ago, when he was 18, that it was in re­mis­sion. Run­ning for Macmil­lan at events is my way of thank­ing them, while also rais­ing aware­ness that there’s hope even fol­low­ing a bleak di­ag­no­sis.

THE FURTHEST I HAVE RACED so far is the Great Manch­ester 10K in 2015. It was tough for me, but I just got my head down and did it.

I GET LOTS OF TIPS on my train­ing from oth­ers work­ing on Cor­rie. Ben Price [who plays Nick Til­s­ley] is an ex­cel­lent run­ner; he told me to run races at my own pace – that way I’ll get round and not fin­ish at the back. MY BOYFRIEND [SINGER GARETH GATES] says he’ll run with me. But I like to go at my own pace – I’m com­pet­i­tive and would prob­a­bly end up rac­ing him if we ran to­gether.

AS I IN­CREASE MY MILES, an old ham­string in­jury nig­gles away. I first pulled it a few years ago, when I was in Grease in the West End. It hap­pened when I was do­ing the jive – I was in agony at the time.

I LOVE KEEP­ING TRACK of how far I have run and whether I’m work­ing hard. I have an app on my phone to mea­sure how many steps I do a day and my heart rate. I wouldn’t say I’m ob­sessed; I just have a healthy in­ter­est in my fit­ness. FOR ME, RUN­NING IS A TYPE OF THER­APY. That’s why I like to be self­ish and go on my own. I know if I went run­ning with any­one else I would just start chat­ting and not have that time to switch off or go over my lines in my head.

ONE DAY, GARETH and I would like to run the New York Marathon. It would be an epic thing to achieve. When we were last there, we went on a fan­tas­tic run in Cen­tral Park. I EN­JOY LIS­TEN­ING TO MUSICALTHEATRE sound­tracks; I find them very in­spi­ra­tional for my runs. I also use tracks by Bey­oncé and Bruno Mars to keep me go­ing.

‘For me, run­ning is a type of ther­apy. That’s why I like to go on my own’

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