A High Harrington man who won the right to run in the London Marathon through a prize draw is to run for Team Evie.
Stuart Buchanan, 56, applied for a place in the marathon but was not drawn in the ballot. However, his running club, Cumberland Athletic Club, was given two entries through its affiliation with Sport England.
“All those who had been rejected put their names in a hat and I was one of the lucky ones,” he said.
Despite not having to run for charity like most runners who miss out on the ballot, Mr Buchanan heard about Team Evie and decided to support it.
The charity was set up by Great Broughton couple Jill and Greg Johnston after their six-month-old daughter Evie died in September 2015. It has raised tens of thousands of pounds to help the families of other sick children.
Mr Buchanan said: “I met Jill and Greg and I found them inspirational.”
An engineer by day, Mr Buchanan is also lead singer for local band Ex-Lepers.
April’s run will be Mr Buchanan’s fifth marathon.
He said: “I ran the Cockermouth marathon when I was 26 and did the London one in 1991 when I was 30.
“That was the last one until I was coming up 50 and decided I had to do something to poke one in the eye for the ageing process. I did Edinburgh and Loch Ness.”