A KINGTON teacher will run his first marathon to raise money for a children's charity.

Andy Taylor, head of mathematics at Lady Hawkins' High School, has completed 10 half marathons - but this will be the first time he has taken on the full 26.2 miles.

He is running for Children with Cancer, a charity he decided to support last year.

He said: "The students and local community have been fully behind the project - from fundraising in school with sponsored walks and cake sales, to a recent charity event at Whitney toll bridge.

"The initial target was £1,000, but this has become closer to £3,000.

"The students at Lady Hawkins' and local businesses have done an amazing job with supporting this charity and I am so proud of what they have achieved.

"Running in London will hopefully inspire others in the school to continue the charity work through further events."

The charity invests millions of pounds every year in essential research, and welfare programmes and raising awareness.

"Every penny makes a difference and to support children who have cancer to have a better start in life is the motivation that I need to give sunday a really good go," Mr Taylor said.

"Unfortunately, three weeks ago I damaged nerves in my back that have prevented me from training, or even walking until 10 days ago - so the task on Sunday is going to be a massive effort. I know I have the school and community behind me, so will be using this to get me around the course.

"To complete the marathon means so much to me, not just for the personal challenge after the frustrations of a bad injury, but because of all the children it will benefit. The charity is hoping to raise £3 million on the day."

Anyone who would like to donate can visit https://uk.gofundme.com/andytaylor