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Barbara Windsor’s husband Scott Mitchell triumphantly crosses the finish line at the London Marathon

He took on the 26 mile run in support of his wife Dame Barbara Windsor’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

And Scott Mitchell looked elated as he finally crossed the line following his gruelling run at the London Marathon after raising money for charity Dementia Revolution on Sunday.

The theatrical agent, 56, looked tired, emotional and relieved as he posed with his medal alongside EastEnders star Tanya Franks, who plays Rainie Cross in the BBC soap. 

Finally over: Scott Mitchell, 56, looked tired, emotional and relieved as he posed with his medal alongside EastEnders star Tanya Franks, after running the London Marathon on Sunday

The pair appeared exhausted following the race as leant on each other for support.

They then posed for photographs before being awarded with their runner’s medal.  

Prior to being presented with his medal, Scott was seen crossing the finish line alongside EastEnders actresses Tanya, Natalie Cassidy and Jane Slaughter. 

Congratulations: Scott and Tanya delightedly posed with their medals after completing the London Marathon

Congratulations: Scott and Tanya delightedly posed with their medals after completing the London Marathon

Lean on me: The pair appeared exhausted following the race as leant on each other for support

Lean on me: The pair appeared exhausted following the race as leant on each other for support

The group could barely keep the smile of relief off their faces after their hours of running came to an end.

Prior to the big race, Scott, who celebrated his 56th birthday at the prestigious event, looked elated as prepared to run for the great cause after previously admitting he finds it ‘heartbreaking’ watching EastEnders legend Barbara, 81, succumb to dementia.

Say cheese: They then posed for photographs before being awarded with their runner's medal

Say cheese: They then posed for photographs before being awarded with their runner’s medal

Barbara will be proud: The theatrical agent looked elated as he finally crossed the line following his gruelling run after raising money for charity Dementia Revolution

Barbara will be proud: The theatrical agent looked elated as he finally crossed the line following his gruelling run after raising money for charity Dementia Revolution

We did it! Scott appeared somewhat emotional as his several hours of running finally came to an end

We did it! Scott appeared somewhat emotional as his several hours of running finally came to an end 

Good sports: Prior to being presented with his medal, Scott was seen crossing the finish line alongside EastEnders actresses Tanya, Natalie Cassidy and Jane Slaughter

Good sports: Prior to being presented with his medal, Scott was seen crossing the finish line alongside EastEnders actresses Tanya, Natalie Cassidy and Jane Slaughter

Alongside Barbara’s devoted husband was presenter Chris, 53, and EastEnders actress Natalie, 35, who was also joined by her co-stars Adam Woodyatt, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Kelly Shirley, Tanya Franks, Jamie Borthwick and Jane Slaughter. The group aim to raise £100,000 for the important cause.

During a candid interview on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show earlier this year, Scott detailed Barbara’s battle with the disease. The actress was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2014. 

Scott explained: ‘It’s a really cruel, horrible condition. For anyone who has seen a loved one go through it, it’s a horrible thing to witness. 

Support: Speaking of his wife, Scott said: 'It's a really cruel, horrible condition. For anyone who has seen a loved one go through it, it's a horrible thing to witness'

Support: Speaking of his wife, Scott said: ‘It’s a really cruel, horrible condition. For anyone who has seen a loved one go through it, it’s a horrible thing to witness’

High spirits: Scott was every inch the doting husband as he joined Natalie Cassidy (third from right) and Chris Evans (centre) at the London Marathon on Sunday, in support of his wife Dame Barbara Windsor's battle with Alzheimer's disease

High spirits: Scott was every inch the doting husband as he joined Natalie Cassidy (third from right) and Chris Evans (centre) at the London Marathon on Sunday, in support of his wife Dame Barbara Windsor’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease

Out in full force: Scott was joined by Kirsty Gallacher (bottom left), Helen (bottom right), and Team Barbara's Revolutionaries (left to right) Jamie Borthwick, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Natalie and Candice Brown at the event

Out in full force: Scott was joined by Kirsty Gallacher (bottom left), Helen (bottom right), and Team Barbara’s Revolutionaries (left to right) Jamie Borthwick, Jake Wood, Emma Barton, Kellie Shirley, Tanya Franks, Natalie and Candice Brown at the event

That's it: An exhausted Nell McAndrew looked understandably relieved as she crossed the finish line on Sunday afternoon

That’s it: An exhausted Nell McAndrew looked understandably relieved as she crossed the finish line on Sunday afternoon 

She's done! Helen Skelton beamed with pride as she held up her medal after completing the run in just four hours and 15 minutes

She's done! Helen Skelton beamed with pride as she held up her medal after completing the run in just four hours and 15 minutes

She’s done! Helen Skelton beamed with pride as she held up her medal after completing the run in just four hours and 15 minutes

So pleased: The presenter got a hug from Cold Feet and Waterloo Road actor Cel Spellman after crossing the finish line

So pleased: The presenter got a hug from Cold Feet and Waterloo Road actor Cel Spellman after crossing the finish line

Well done: TV presenter Charlie Webster looked radiant as she completed the marathon, holding her medal to spectators and giving a big thumbs up

Well done: TV presenter Charlie Webster looked radiant as she completed the marathon, holding her medal to spectators and giving a big thumbs up

Wow: Natalie looked elated as she celebrated with her medal

Fifth time: Chris looked happy as he ran across the finish line

You did it! Natalie Cassidy and Chris Evans cheered as they completed the marathon

She's a winner: Nell McAndrew posed with her medal after completing the strenuous run

She’s a winner: Nell McAndrew posed with her medal after completing the strenuous run 

‘You see that person slowly disappearing before your eyes, being stripped of who they were. Anyone who has been through it would tell you it’s the most heartbreaking thing to watch.’ 

Scott and Barbara celebrated 19 years of marriage earlier this month, following the Carry On star’s divorces from former husbands Ronnie Knight and Stephen Hollings.

The former recruitment consultant recently recounted when he noticed Barbara was becoming repetitive in the early stages of her Alzheimer’s in an interview on This Morning.

He said: ‘I first realised it when things were happening within her personality. She was becoming very repetitive. 

Job done: Jane Slaughter helped raise much needed money and awareness for British dementia charities

Job done: Jane Slaughter helped raise much needed money and awareness for British dementia charities 

Getting involved: EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt ran for his old friend Dame Barbara Windsor on Sunday afternoon

Getting involved: EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt ran for his old friend Dame Barbara Windsor on Sunday afternoon

Getting involved: EastEnders star Adam Woodyatt ran for his old friend Dame Barbara Windsor on Sunday afternoon

We did it for you Babs: Jake Wood, another member of the Dementia Revolutionaries, celebrated after finishing the race

We did it for you Babs: Jake Wood, another member of the Dementia Revolutionaries, celebrated after finishing the race 

All over: The relief was evident as Helen Skelton and Cel Spellman relaxed after participating in this year's epic marathon

To the winner, the spoils: EastEnders stars Emma Barton and Jamie Borthwick show off their medals

All over: The relief was evident as Helen Skelton and Cel Spellman (L) and EastEnders stars Emma Barton and Jamie Borthwick (R)  relaxed after participating in this year’s epic marathon

Delighted: Despite the gruelling trek Emma was in high spirits on Sunday afternoon

Delighted: Despite the gruelling trek Emma was in high spirits on Sunday afternoon 

‘She was having more trouble learning her lines with EastEnders. She left it reluctantly, she still loves watching it.’

He and Barbara kept the diagnosis secret for as long as possible until it was noticeable when the soap legend was approached in the street by admirers.

Scott, who has enlisted the help of carers, said going public with the diagnosis has been like a ‘weight off his shoulders’ and he is inundated with positive messages.

Meanwhile, soap star Natalie explained that training for the run has taught her how to eat and be comfortable with her body after losing three stone.

Important cause: The theatrical agent, who celebrated his 56th birthday at the prestigious event, previously admitted he finds it 'heartbreaking' watching EastEnders legend Barbara, 81, succumb to dementia  (pictured in 2017)

Important cause: The theatrical agent, who celebrated his 56th birthday at the prestigious event, previously admitted he finds it ‘heartbreaking’ watching EastEnders legend Barbara, 81, succumb to dementia  (pictured in 2017)

Impressive: Soap star Natalie, 35, explained that training for the run has taught her how to eat and be comfortable with her body after losing three stone

Impressive: Soap star Natalie, 35, explained that training for the run has taught her how to eat and be comfortable with her body after losing three stone

The 2009 Strictly contestant said she felt ‘much more confident’ as she detailed her lifestyle overhaul in an interview on running podcast RunPod. 

She shared: ‘I have learnt how to eat and how to be comfortable with who I am… You get wiser as you get older and I just feel much more confident and comfortable.’ 

Natalie admitted Barbara’s Alzheimer’s battle has left her deeply saddened because she has been an ‘amazing woman with an amazing life’.

She elaborated: ‘For me that’s the scariest one, that’s the one I wouldn’t want and for someone like Barbara who’s an absolute icon.

Weight loss: Natalie, 35, highlighted her slimmed down physique as she slipped into a clingy sky blue T-shirt, tied in with skintight cropped leggings and a baseball cap

 Working hard: The 2009 Strictly contestant said she felt ‘much more confident’ as she detailed her lifestyle overhaul in an interview on running podcast RunPod

‘When you think about what she’s done, an amazing woman with an amazing life, it just makes me so sad. Will she not remember how iconic she was?’ 

The 39th London Marathon will see around 40,000 people hit the capital’s most regal streets for a strenuous 26-mile run.

Since its inaugural run in 1981, the event has raised over £1 billion for charity, according to race sponsors Virgin Money. 

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