A graphic designer from Garston is getting on her running trainers to take part in the Loch Ness Marathon to raise money for the NSPCC.

Lesley Hall, of Ravenscroft, said she is ‘scared and nervous’ about the challenge of completing the event’s gruelling 26 miles and 385 yards on September 29.

She has done various long distance bike rides for charity in the past - London to Paris 2011 for The Peace Hospice, and London-Amsterdam-Brussels 2012 for Kidney Research UK, but never a marathon.

Lesley, who works at Alec Reed Academy in West London, said: "I've never done an organised run of any kind before, so I am jumping in at the deep end by running 26.2 miles for my first.

"I’ve raced for a few charities before, but not the NSPCC. It’s a good charity. I started training a bit two months ago, and have just stepped it up in the last couple of weeks.

"I’m feeling scared and nervous, but hopefully it’ll be alright.

"Hopefully people will put in a few donations."

To donate, or for more information, visit Lesley’s fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/lesleysmarathon2013