Thousands of runners will go the extra mile - or rather 26.2 miles - in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Pounding the iconic pavements of the capital on Sunday April 22 for the 38th edition of the marathon will be an estimated 40,000 people, and plenty of them hail from west London.
getwestlondon wants to showcase those who are giving it their all, what inspired them and how YOU can support them and their chosen charities, in keeping with the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon's "Spirit of London" campaign.
It celebrates the unique spirit of the world's greatest marathon by showcasing the extraordinary stories of its runners, champions, volunteers, supports and spectators.
Hugh Brasher, event director, said: "On race day last year, millions of people around the world were moved by the sight of Swansea Harrier Matt Rees helping David Wyeth down The Mall to the Finish Line. For us, that moment encapsulated the unique spirit of the London Marathon and inspired our theme for 2018.
"Our #SpiritOfLondon campaign will unite everyone running on April 22 and the greater London Marathon family of more than one million finishers - and it also has a wider connection with the response of Londoners to troubled times.
"Sport has an extraordinary power to unify people.
"In the last 12 months London’s values have come under attack from people trying to destroy our way of life, our freedom. Never have the words of our founders rung truer.
"In 2018 we particularly welcome PC Charlie Guenigault, the teams of Grenfell firefighters and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust runners who are taking part in this year’s event."
If you're taking part in the marathon and would like to be featured in this article, please email email@example.com with your full name, age, where you live, a brief description of what has inspired you to run, a link to your fundraising page if you have one and a photograph of yourself.
Meet the west London runners
We will continue to update this list as people let us know about their race efforts. Last updated: Monday March 12 at 2.15pm.
Inspiration: In 2011, Charlotte became one of the one in four people in the UK to experience poor mental health. The NHS researcher said: "My depression was an isolating experience. For many months I was too ashamed to talk to anyone. It's now my mission to shout about it. My aim: to make sure just one person doesn't battle poor mental health like I did - in silence."
Charity: Mind. Charlotte has raised nearly £800 already towards her £2,000 target.
Support: Head to The Crab Tree on March 27 from 8pm for a pub quiz, or visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/charlottelee2018.
Inspiration: Anil's brother-in-law his brother in law,Prakash, suddenly passed away aged 41 in April 2017 leaving behind a wife and two young daughters. Prakash had a condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) which they only discovered when he passed away. Anil Patel is running the London Marathon for Cardiomyopathy UK to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of the condition for others. Anil said: "Prakash’s sudden death has devastated a close-knit family who has since been seeking answers to his untimely loss. This quest for answers led us to Cardiomyopathy UK."
Charity: Cardiomyopathy UK. Anil has already raised £2,579 of his £3,000 target.
Support: Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/anilmpatel
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