Ledbury’s 75-year-old mayor is set to run his 333rd and final marathon tomorrow (Friday, February 10).

In doing so, Phillip Howells will complete an ambition he set for himself back in 2010 after completing his 100th marathon.

Cllr Howells’ 333 is made up of 111 road marathons, 111 trail or off-road marathons and 111 ultra-marathons of 30 miles or more.

His final race will be the 'How hard can it be' Charles Darwin Day marathon at Shrewsbury's Sports Village, covering 43+ laps of the cycle racing circuit.

“There are now just those few short laps between 332 and total fulfilment in completing what time and again seemed an unlikely prospect when having to dig deep into my mental reserves in most events just to finish,” said Cllr Howells. “And wondering how many more times it was possible.

“I’m delighted and touched a number of running mates have entered to join me on the day, other running mates just coming for the finish, and some of my family there too to share, what I expect to feel in equal measure, huge satisfaction tied with immeasurable relief when the longed-for last lap is behind me.”