Rutland Running and Triathlon Club field record turnout at the London Marathon
An athletics club is fielding its largest turnout at this year's London Marathon.
Eight members of Rutland Running and Triathlon Club will be at the start line of the event on Sunday (April 23).
Some earned their places by proving in previous races they can run at a pace that is fast for their age, and others have charity places and have been busy attracting sponsorship.
Club member Shannon O'Sullivan won her place through the event's ballot, which sees London Marathon entrants selected at random from the many thousands who apply each year.
She will be running with her mum and fellow club member, Elaine Danby.
"After 15 years the 'number one' on our bucket list is being ticked," said Shannon.
"I won a place in the national ballot, and mum was the winner of our club draw. I feel like we've won the lottery!"
Nikki Loomes is raising money for the charity Children With Cancer, which funds research and provides care for children and their families. About 4,200 UK children are diagnosed with cancer each year.
"I'm so grateful for all the support I've received so far" said Nikki, who will be joined on the start line by Shannon and Elaine, Yvonne Spencer, Sara Mcwhan, Sam Lake, Julia Mannering and Hannah Berry.