Quiz ace CJ in big race running

EGGHEADS''PICTURE SHOWS:  The Eggheads Team  LtoR: Chris Hughes, Daphne Fowler, CJ de Mooi, Barry Simmons, Kevin Ashman, Judith Keppel  TX : BBC Two        (C) BBC       217    Hi Res WARNING:  Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' BBC Digital Picture Service.  In particular, this image may only be published in print for editorial use during the publicity period (the weeks immediately leading up to and including the transmission week of the relevant programme or event and three review weeks following) for the purpose of publicising the programme, person or service pictured and provided the BBC and the copyright holder in the caption are credited.  Any use of this image on the internet and other online communication services will require a separate prior agreement with BBC Pictures.  For any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising and commercial prior written approval from the copyright holder will be required.

EGGHEADS''PICTURE SHOWS: The Eggheads Team LtoR: Chris Hughes, Daphne Fowler, CJ de Mooi, Barry Simmons, Kevin Ashman, Judith Keppel TX : BBC Two (C) BBC 217 Hi Res WARNING: Use of this copyright image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' BBC Digital Picture Service. In particular, this image may only be published in print for editorial use during the publicity period (the weeks immediately leading up to and including the transmission week of the relevant programme or event and three review weeks following) for the purpose of publicising the programme, person or service pictured and provided the BBC and the copyright holder in the caption are credited. Any use of this image on the internet and other online communication services will require a separate prior agreement with BBC Pictures. For any other purpose whatsoever, including advertising and commercial prior written approval from the copyright holder will be required.

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Quiz champion CJ de Mooi has entered this year’s Hastings Half Marathon.

A regular face on our teatime television screens as one of BBC2’s Eggheads, CJ will join the thousands of runners for the 28th staging of the popular sporting event on Sunday March 25.

CJ became known after winning Fifteen to One and went on to make a lasting impression on The Weakest Link before getting the call to join Kevin, Daphne, Chris and Judith to form a panel of quiz champions on the popular Eggheads.

A regular runner - and no slouch judging by times of 1.28.42 for the half marathon and 3.14.24 for the marathon - CJ is using the Hastings event as part of his preparation for the London Marathon in April.

He has also offered his services to Hastings Lions Club, the half marathon organisers, which has come up with the idea of holding a version of ITV quiz show The Chase at the pre-race pasta meal, with CJ of course as The Chaser!

Although thousands of pounds can be won on the TV, the prize-money on offer at the Hastings equivalent will be a lot lower but any winnings will go to a nominated charity. Deputy Mayor of Hastings, Cllr Alan Roberts, has already agreed to be a contestant.