A father of two is battling to overcome a series of obstacles to compete at the 2015 Virgin London Marathon.
Ian Abbott, 31, of Suncote Avenue, has not had the best preparation, suffering with shin splints and a virus.
But he is hoping to get his training back on track and be on the starting line in April, when he is aiming to raise £1,700 for Sports Leaders UK.
He said: “My preparation has been much more difficult than I had hoped. A virus, which has stopped me running for around four weeks, could not have come at a worse time, but thankfully I am beginning to feel much better, so I am getting the miles in again.
“One of the biggest challenges of running the marathon is getting sufficient training in before the event.”
Sports Leaders UK is a not-for-profit charity that encourages young people to live a more active lifestyle.
He said: “I remember several friends of mine benefiting from the qualifications during their years in formal education through school and college, and I can see the benefit it has given them right through to their current positions.
“It is clear that although sport is used to gain skills, the field in which these skills are helping people is not limited to sports, and is evident in all areas.
“Discovering there is an initiative being driven by Sports Leaders UK to bring the development of these skills to those from areas with the most to gain, but fewer opportunities to take advantage of it through conventional means, is acting as a real inspiration for me to meet the challenge of running the marathon and to raise as much money as possible to help such a worthy cause.”
Ian, a Business Excellence Manager for SKF UK, has only been running for six months and this will be his first marathon. He hopes to complete it in five hours.
To sponsor him, visit www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/giving and search for Ian Abbott.