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Having run for about 10 years, club member Robert Sharp said the key to marathon success was not any special tricks or interesting snacks, it was about putting in the work and training.

The 56-year-old, of Bretherton, made a decision to raise money for mental health charity Lancashire Mind, after a close family member took their own life in 2015.

The 43-year-old is aiming to secure a spot in the British squad on Sunday when she competes in her second London Marathon. It was putting a strain on my friends and family, as well as putting everything that was important to me in jeopardy, so a friend suggested that I seek support from a professional.

Dr Alastair Morgan of Ripon is running his third London Marathon, in aid of the chosen charities of the Mayor of Ripon, which are the local Parkinson's Support Group and Middle of the Road for stroke victims.

His times are getting slower.

"I hope that by raising funds for Mind that I can play my part in ending stigma around mental health once and for all, not only through running, but by opening conversations with those around me about mental health".

"I know it was a sign from my brother to run this event as when we cleared some of his personnel bits out of my mum's shed we came across Richards "bucket list" and one of them was to run a London marathon".

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Roey Freilich has also been involved with Emunah for many years, and says: "I thought it was a good opportunity".

"I'm not happy with my finish positions here in London", she said.

Thousands of runners are expected to descend on the ExCeL over the next few days for the London Marathon Expo, which was formally opened by Prince Harry this morning.

The 33-year-old said it is the first marathon he has done.

"I'm looking forward to the big day with family waiting for me at the end to see me over that finish line!"

Five-time Olympian Jo Pavey insists she wants to be at the World Championships to win medals - not just pick up her 2007 bronze.

The DJ said: "The scary thing about social media sometimes is you put more pressure (on yourself) because you're trying to be this ideal person, and they all look so attractive and out of a magazine".