A MAN from Croxley Green has spent the past six months running 10 miles a day, then cycling the same distance again, as part of intense training for the London Marathon .

James Guy, of Baldwins Lane, will run the gruelling 26.2 miles around the capital this Sunday in aid of Livability, a charity which helps more than 5,000 disabled children and adults across the UK achieve independence.

This will be the 13th time the 38-year-old, who works as a clerical assistant, has taken part in the marathon.

Mr Guy said: "The main reason I am taking part is in memory of my father, Brian Hindell, who was partially disabled and died in 2003 from an asbestos-related cancer, so I really want to help other disabled people who have terminal illnesses.

"The marathon is a massive undertaking but the training hasn't been a struggle as I have always been interested in keeping fit.

"My best time so far has been three hours, 31 minutes and 56 seconds and I am always trying to improve on that and get a faster time."

"Livability is a fantastic charity and I have been raising money for it since 1999. This year, I am hoping to raise about £1,500 and over the years, I have collected about £11,725 altogether." * A woman will be going the extra mile in this year's London Marathon for a children's charity close to her heart.

Mel Gregory, who grew up and works in Hayes, will compete in aid of Whizzkids, a national charity that provides customised mobility equipment, training and life skills for disabled children.

Ms Gregory, 44, now of Beaconsfield, said: "I really wanted to help a London-based children's charity.

"My cousin passed away from spina bifida when I was young and never had the opportunity to have a wheelchair that would allow her mobility like the ones Whizzkidz provide."

More than £2,000 has already been raised, and Mel is hoping to push the total up further.

Go to www.virginmediagiving.com/melgregory to make a donation.

* Five members of the Hayes and Harlington Road Runners, based at the Community Centre in Albert Road, will lace up for a host of causes.

John Shaw, 61, of West Drayton, has been the chairman of the club for the past two years and will line up with fellow club members Dan Evans, Matt Johns, Jack Nesbit and Steve Barrington on Sunday. The men have been running half marathons throughout the year in preparation, and joints are now being rested in time for the big day.

He said that spirits were high, despite some niggling injuries, adding: "I have a few aches and pains but I'm just using that as an excuse really."

John will run for children's charity Barnados. To pledge a donation, go to www.justgiving.com/JohnShaw4 Barnados. Dan is running for Diabetes UK - www.justgiving.com/VeryWelshDan    

To support Matt, visit www.justgiving.com/MatthewJohns .