A ST Neots man will achieve his life-long dream when he runs the London Marathon this weekend.

Piers Serjeant, 38, of Shepherd Drive, Eynesbury, is running the 26.2-mile course on April 22 for ABF the Soldier's Charity, which offers debt relief, bursaries for education, and pays for care homes and respite breaks for soldiers who have left the army.

Now in his final stages of preparations, Piers, pictured, a buyer for GE Aviation, is cutting down the length of his runs. His wife, Niki, 46, has been pushing him all the way by running with him as he trains.

She told The Hunts Post: “Running the marathon is something he's always wanted to do. He may not admit it, but he's aiming to complete the course in under four hours. It's a personal challenge for him but it makes the difference running for a charity he chose because it's really worthwhile. It means more that ABF is not as well known as Help for Heroes – I had never heard of it – and it's good to raise its profile.”

INFORMATION: If you would like to donate money to ABF the Soldier's Charity, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/piers

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