A PENKRIDGE runner is hoping the streets of the capital are paved with gold when he takes part in the annual London Marathon.
Nick Greatbatch will join more than 1,200 competitors on April 13 and is hoping it will be third time lucky.
The 33-year-old wants to complete the gruelling course in two and a half hours having recorded a time of 3:40 last year.
It is the third time he has entered the marathon – in 2010 he finished in 3:58 on his first outing.
The window fitter has set a fundraising target of £1,500 for Children with Cancer UK.
“This is my hattrick,” said the father-of-one.
“Last year I did it with my mate and he’s a bit faster than me so he was pushing me. In 2010 just getting round was an achievement.
“I’m doing more miles now. During the week I do between eight and nine miles three or four times and at weekends I do 13 miles.”
Mr Greatbatch, of Orchard Crescent, will also compete in next month’s Stafford Half Marathon.
“I will keep going until I get to two and a half hours,” he said.
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