Eugene Howson, Distribution Manager at London Travel News will be running in the Paris Marathon (26.2 miles) on April 7th 2013.
But that's not all. He's limbering up for the big event by running a couple of half marathons beforehand. Eugene explains:
''I am currently following a strict training regime in preparation for the day, this includes daily jogging and also a few competitive half marathons: Bath on March 3rd and Reading on the 17th.
This is a personal challenge but also a chance to raise some much-needed funds for my chosen charity which is the Stroke Association. The Stroke Association do a brilliant job in their campaign to improve stroke care and support people to make the best possible recovery.
Following his completion of the Bath half marathon on Sunday he said:
''I was pleased with the time - my chip time was 1:35:36 [1 hour 35 mins]. It was a good run and it's beneficial to be competitive to improve fitness levels.
I have the Reading Half Marathon on the 17th March so I will be looking to better my time, and then start to taper down ready for Paris.
My fund-raising pledge is £1000 and it would be great to achieve this target and make an incredible difference to Stroke care. All donations will be greatly appreciated."
You can help Eugene reach his target by making your donation on his Just Giving page. Eugene updated his page yesterday:
"Thank you for all the donations so far, your support is really valued and appreciated. With the offline donations we have 40% left to reach the target. My training is going well, and everyone is being really supportive (personal thanks to all)."