A runner from Walthamstow is taking on Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise funds for a charity celebrating its 150th anniversary.

Action for Children Fundraiser David Springer is set to tackle the 13.1 miles through some of the capital’s world famous parks: Hyde Park, Green Park, St James Park and Kensington Gardens – along with an estimated 16,000 other participants.

After cheering on runners in previous years, he decided to take on the race himself this year.

He said: “The main reason was how inspired I felt by the runners taking part in last year’s event. I’ve managed to go down and cheer on runners in previous years and the atmosphere is always fantastic.”

Action for Children is a charity that helps disadvantaged children from across the UK. David said: “One of the many things Action for Children does is their work supporting children and young people who are affected by a family members alcohol or substance misuse.

"This all goes back to my childhood and witnessing things within my local community that I now realise as an adult just were not right.

"Action for Children supports families who are going through similar situations and that means children will get the opportunity to live more happy and fulfilling lives.”

David ran the London Landmarks Half Marathon last year and his main training regime comes in the form of an 18-mile cycle ride to work and back.

He added: "In July action for children will be celebrating their 150th anniversary supporting the most vulnerable in the country and it would be amazing if people could help celebrate with us.

“Whether through work, school or at home, there are many ways to get involved with Action for Children. Hold a bake sale, select Action for Children as your company charity of the year, or like me, you can sign up for an event.”

The Royal Parks Half marathon takes place on Sunday October 13. You can register now or sign up using your ballot place by visiting www.actionforchildren.org.uk and searching for ‘Royal Parks’.

The registration fee is £30 with a pledge to raise £350.