A London Marathon runner is ready to get his feet moving at a charity gig before attempting the energy-sapping challenge.
Lewis Emery is taking on the 26-mile course in aid of Geoffs Place, a Brentford-based charity which provides a holiday home for adults with learning disabilities.
Before lining up for the marathon on April 26, he will join the audience at a charity concert by Isleworth-born singer-songwriter Robb Johnson on Friday (April 10).
The folkster, once hailed as Britain's finest songwriter since Richard Thompson, will play at Spring Grove Primary School, in Isleworth, in aid of Geoffs Place.
Mr Emery, who lives in Hounslow and has two grown-up children, said: "I'm really looking forward to Robb's gig but I'm not so certain about the last 10 miles of the London Marathon. I just hope local people will back us by sponsoring me, donating directly to Geoffs Place, or coming to the gig."
The 59-year-old journalist took up running five years ago, joining Ranelagh Harriers running club in Richmond, and completed the Chester Marathon in 2013.
Geoffs Place is named in honour of Geoff Samways, who enjoyed going on breaks with his special needs friends before passing away.
Barbara Smith, of the charity, said: "We've been providing holidays for 30 to 40 people in the borough for some years now.
"We have a holiday home at Hayling Island in Hampshire (about a mile from the sea) which is available to rent for families and organisations involved in supporting adults with learning disabilities.
"But we need to raise money to complete its purchase, and meet other regular costs like minibus hire."
Robb Johnson will play at Spring Grove Primary School, in Star Road, Isleworth, on Friday, April 10, from 8pm. Tickets, priced £20 (concessions £10), can be ordered by emailing email@example.com and some will be available on the door.
You can support Lewis Emery by donating at www.justgiving.com/Lewis4GeoffsPlace or by texting 70070 with KHIM37 followed by the amount you wish to give (£1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10).