Jason Taylor is no lightweight when it comes to fitness. The 45-year-old father of two has three Ironman events under his belt along with a string of triathlons.

But when it comes to the London Marathon, it’s not the physical endurance that counts so much as his reason for raising money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

We lost both my dad and my father-in-law to cancer in 2017, just six weeks apart. We miss them every day.

So this is my way of giving something back and doing something that makes a difference,” said Jason.

His family from Ruislip has other friends and family members whose lives have also been touched by cancer.

“Cancer really does ruin lives so I’m pleased to be helping Bowel & Cancer Research to beat this awful disease,” said Jason.

“Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my dad – the loss is as fresh as it was the day he passed.”

He doesn’t have a target time for the London marathon on April 26. “I am a triathlete so training is part of my everyday life. My one marathon was in Milton Keynes when I finished in under 4hrs. But in London, it’s such an iconic event that I just want to enjoy it.

“My dad Edward took me to watch it when I was a kid. It seemed amazing then, and it still does.

I’m sure my dad would be proud to know I’m running in his memory, especially doing it for charity. He always said you can achieve anything if you set our mind to it. His  catchphrase was: ‘Believe and achieve’. That’s what I’ll be doing.

A spokesperson for Bowel & Cancer Research thanked Jason for his support. “We’re sorry to hear that Edward Taylor and Malcolm Frame lost their battle with cancer.

Our aim is to ensure that no one should die of this terrible disease in future and we can only do that with the help of our fantastic fundraisers,” she said.

Anyone who wants to support Jason can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-taylor34