Weaver Vale MP Graham Evans is putting on his running shoes, limbering up, and taking on the challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon for St Luke’s. With less than two months to go until the event, Mr Evans’ training regime is already taking shape, as he recently took part in the Helsby Four Villages Half Marathon and is set to race in the Wilmslow Half Marathon in March. As a keen sportsman, and having run the London Marathon several times before, Mr Evans hopes this year will be better than ever.

However, he will have stiff competition, as the likes of running legends Mo Farrah and reigning Olympic and world marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich will be among the competitors taking part in the race.

Mr Evans, from Rainow in Cheshire, said: “I’m delighted to be running the London Marathon for St Luke’s Cheshire Hospice. Its work in the community is invaluable, but needs supporting wherever possible so I would encourage anyone who has a bit of loose change in their pockets to donate to the charity. I’m certainly looking forward to the event, and hope to beat my personal best time.”

“Last year I completed the run in four hours 49 minutes, just three minutes slower than in 2012 so I am keen to beat my record this year, especially as this is the first marathon I will be tackling in my fifties!”

Claire Langston, Director of Income Generation at St Luke’s said: “We’re incredibly grateful that Graham Evans’ has chosen to support us as over £7,500 a day is needed for the hospice to open its doors and the majority of that money is found through donations. We know how gruelling a marathon can be, and the team at St Luke’s will certainly be cheering him on.”

To sponsor Mr Evans, please visit his JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/Graham-Evans-MP5