GOLDIE Lookin' Chain star Adam Hussain will be stepping outside of his comfort zone next month when he runs the Argus-backed Newport half marathon on Sunday, March 2.

The 34-year-old, from Gaer, is running 13.1 miles for the first time as he aims to raise money while giving something back to the city of Newport.

“I’ve not run a half marathon before but I really wanted to do this,” said Mr Hussain.

“It helps keep me fit for band performances but I also wanted to give something back to Newport.

“The people of this city have done so much for me and the band, they’ve just been fantastic.

“I’m steadily increasing the distance each week and it's definitely taking me out of the comfort zone I’m used to.

"I ran nine miles the other day so I’m hoping the adrenaline on the day will push me over the line.

“It’s great to have this event in the city of Newport as we need something to bring us together. This helps create a good feeling and show off what we have here.”

Any money that Mr Hussain raises when he completes the race will be split between St David’s Hospice Care and Casey’s Cause, the initiative to raise money for disabled Newport boy Casey Hard.

“St David’s really is fantastic,” said Mr Hussain. “I think they’ve helped everyone out on some level whether directly or indirectly.

“They offer hospice at home which enables patients to spend their last days at their home which is incredibly important to the patients and families. I want to help raise funds to enable this wonderful work to continue.

“I’m also going to try to raise some money for Casey’s Cause.”

While none of his fellow band members will be running the race, it is expected they will be cheering him on from the sidelines come the big day.

And if they have their way, it could see Mr Hussain running around the streets of Newport dressed up.

“They’re winding me up saying they’ve ordered me a chicken outfit,” he added.

“I don’t think they’re serious but I think they’ll definitely have something in store for me."

“I guess it’s a case of watch this space.”