Preparing to pound the streets of the capital this Sunday in the 2014 London Marathon are a group of intrepid fundraisers.
They all have two ambitions – to finish the 26.2 mile course and raise lots of cash for worthy causes.
For some it will be a chance to better previous times, while for others it will be their first experience of the challenging route.
Barrie Henderson, managing director of Xtreme Karting in Larbert, is running his second London Marathon in aid of bone marrow charity Anthony Nolan.
He made a lifesaving bone marrow donation in 2011 after being found to be a match for someone in need of a transplant.
Barrie (41), of Larbert, then decided to run the marathon after a close family friend was diagnosed with leukaemia.
He said: “It really brought home to everyone how important the work that Anthony Nolan does and how crucial it is.
“I finished the 2013 marathon in about 5 hours 15 minutes, not as quick as I had hoped for but suffered with cramps. I’m aiming for around 4 hours 30 minutes this time and nothing’s going to stop me – except maybe my legs.”
Malcolm Binnie and his team at Townhouse Restaurants – The Wheelhouse, Falkirk, and Boathouse, Kilsyth – are running again for the Scottish Huntington’s Association.
This is their third year and to date have raised £12,000. Last week they had a cocktail masterclass and raised over £1000, while a quiz night on Monday raised a similar sum.
Malcolm and kitchen manager Steven Cliffe will be hitting the streets on Sunday to increase their fundraising tally.
Dental nurse Louise Ledwidge (42) of Falkirk, will be running her first marathon and hopes to raise cash for the British Heart Foundation. Cheering her on will be husband Paul and children Ryan (18) and Abbie (11), along with other family members.