TETBURY Lions member Tony Sykes will be running the London Marathon next month. 

Tony is one of just 10 Lions Club members in the country to secure a Gold Bond place to run on behalf of the club on Sunday, April 23. 

All ten members of the Lions Club will be raising money for Blind Veterans UK, Llandudno.

All proceeds will be used to expand the rehabilitation facilities for sight-impaired and limbless ex-service men and women. 

Tony previously ran the New York Marathon and two London marathons. 

In addition to building up his distance running, his weekly training regime includes a strict dietary routine, some weight training and cycling to boost his muscle ability and shed the pounds. 

He is confident that on the day he will achieve a respectable time of something over four hours.

Like the other members of 'Team Lions', Tony is committed to raising at least £2,500 in sponsorship.

If you wish to support him in this huge challenge, go to: uk.virginmoneygiving.com/tonysykes.