DOZENS of Huddersfield runners will be heading to the capital this weekend to take part in the London marathon.
Temperatures are expected to reach 19ºC tomorrow as fundraisers pound the streets in the 26-mile race.
Among them will be Slaithwaite cancer sufferer Neil Baverstock, 40.
The dad-of-one will be celebrating his amazing recovery after undergoing a kidney transplant. He will be raising money for Kids Kidney Research.
Nichola Sykes, of Shepley, will be putting on her running shoes for Leukaemia Research, inspired by husband Tom McNally’s blood cancer battle.
Cowlersley dad John Pierre-Madigan will be running for the Wolf Hirschhorne Syndrome Trust, a serious condition which could end his five-year-old daughter Jemiah’s life.
Newsome butcher Raymond Carroll will taking up the challenge for the ninth time in aid of Huddersfield’s NSPCC.
It will be the first time mum-of-one Diane Kolat, of Almondbury, has trained for the event and run for the National Blind Children’s Society.
And an impressive three runners will be putting on their training shoes for the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust.
James Stirling, Sally Campbell and Paul Carr will be giving the appeal to build a children’s hospice and respite centre in Huddersfield a boost.
Waterloo man Sean Fennell will be raising money for patients at the Kirkwood Hospice.
Charles Crossland, of Holmbridge, is entering the race for childhood cancer charity Candlelighters, which helped his young next door neighbour George Jackson recover from leukaemia.
Huddersfield-born Leeds Rhino star Keith Senior will be taking to the streets for the Laura Crane Trust.
Claire Leader, 34, of Berry Brow, will be taking part for two Huddersfield charities – the Kirkwood Hospice and the Joseph Salmon Trust.
And Examiner reporter Kevin Core will be competing for the second time for Action Aid.
To follow Kevin’s progress, catch up with the Examiner’s marathon blog at http://blogs.examiner.co.uk/marathoneffort/