A UTTOXETER man is once again preparing to pull on his running shoes and put his body to the ultimate test as he runs his seventh London Marathon.
Ray Burge, who lives off New Road, is taking to the 26.2 mile course on Sunday, April 13 in the hope of raising vital funds for Diabetes UK.
The 52-year-old is hoping the people of Uttoxeter will get behind to help him to reach his £2,500 target for the cause.
In a bid to help him reach his mammoth total, Mr Burge will be holding a big raffle with prizes including a signed Stoke City shirt, 40” TVs, shopping vouchers and two Hudl tablets.
A ticket will be issued for every £5 which is donated using the justgiving.com/raymondburge webpage and contact details must be left.
The Tesco Extra supermarket manager, who works in Hanley, said: “I have decided to run it for Diabetes UK because this condition affects just about every family in the country.
“I am hoping to raise £2,500 for the cause over the next few months.”
In preparation for the big day, Mr Burge has not let the recent wind and rain stop him from sticking to his strict exercise regime.
He told the Advertiser: “Training is going well on my regular circuit around the town despite the horrendous weather conditions.
“It will be worthwhile on the big day – April 13, 2014 – where I hope to beat my best time of four hours 37 minutes.”
Mr Burge is also planning to hold a variety of other activities in the coming months to help him boost his fund-raising efforts.
Diabetes UK cares for, connects with and campaign on behalf of people affected by and at risk of diabetes, reaching people in local communities across the UK.
It has a growing community with more than 300,000 supporters nationwide – including people with diabetes, their friends and families. It works with an army of 5,500 volunteers and 315 voluntary groups.
Anyone who wants to help Mr Burge is asked to donate online by visiting www.justgiving.com/raymondburge