Runners from the north of the county are gearing up to raise thousands for charity at this month’s London Marathon.
And local charities are set to be among the beneficiaries.
Kettering man Adrian Clarke, 44, is running for Cransley Hospice.
Mr Clarke, who also ran the marathon in 1996, added: “I’ve always wanted to do it again. When I did it last time I felt like I failed, and I fancied another go. I have really knuckled down with training. It’s the fittest I have been in my life.”
John Freeman, from Wellingborough, is running the marathon – his sixth in six years in London – for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which aims to help find a cure to type one diabetes.
The 65-year-old said: “I started running 10 or 12 years ago, and I carelessly said when I got my bus pass I would do a marathon. It seems to have become a habit.”
Colleagues Chris Brown, 33, and Laura Wills, 29, both from Wellingborough, are running for Children with Cancer and Children in Need respectively. Each hopes to raise £1,000.