A man from Ruislip is using the memory of his friend to get him through a gruelling challenge raising money for charity.
Laurence Hylton will run seven marathons in seven days, starting on Monday (March 16), for the Terrence Higgins Trust.
The 36-year-old, who works at Tesco in Ruislip Manor, is running the 183-mile challenge around Milton Keynes for the charity following the death of close friend, Sean Simpson, from Slough, who lost his life to cancer in 2003 aged 25.
The dad is no stranger to running long distances, having completed 18 marathons, including the London Marathon. Over the past year he has been running three or four times a week and at least two marathons a month.
He has run a few back-to-back marathons and, in October, ran three marathons in three days.
Mr Hylton is now running 10 miles a day to get his body used to the daily grind.
He said: “I’m really looking forward to the seven in seven as it’s is going to be a physical and mental challenge. Still feeling a little nervous but that’s to be expected.
“My son Byron and a group of friends will be there on the last day to cheer me over the finish line. And I can see the end being very emotional.”
To sponsor Mr Hylton go to www.justgiving.com/Laurence-Hylton7in7.