A HUDDERSFIELD bank manager is putting on his running shoes to encourage children to get active.
Stuart Ambler, 33, manager of Barclays Bank in Market Place, is taking part in the London Marathon to raise money for the national charity Get Kids Going!
The appeal helps provide disabled youngsters with specially-built sports wheelchairs, to help them to take part marathons, triathlons, athletics and rugby.
The charity also supports them with training, physiotherapy and travel.
Married father-of-one Stuart, of Horbury, near Wakefield, plans to raise more than £1,000 for the cause when he runs the 26-mile course on Sunday, April 17.
He said: "With having a child of my own - and another on the way - I wanted to do something to give other children a chance.
"I am a bit nervous about it, because I have never done a marathon before.
"I want to do it in a reasonable time, so we'll have to see how it goes."
Stuart started preparing for the event only four months ago.
Since then he has endured a four-times- a-week training programme, including a weekend run of up to 18 miles.
He said: "I am finding it really difficult. To be honest I will be glad when it is over.
"But it will be well worth it."
His parents, wife and daughter will be there on the day to cheer him on.
Stuart added: "There is still plenty of time for colleagues, customers and friends to offer sponsorship.
"Any amounts will be gratefully received."
All the sponsorship Stuart raises will be doubled by Barclays under its employee-matched cash scheme.
Anybody wanting to sponsor him is asked to call into the branch at Market Place.