When brothers Gregg and Tom Lynch run the London marathon side by side, they’ll have one mission in mind – to do their dad proud.

For Mike Lynch lost his battle with cancer at the age of 58. And running the marathon with his two sons was one ambition he never had time to achieve.

“We have both talked about running the London Marathon in dad’s memory since he passed away in 2014," said Tom.

It was something he always wanted to achieve, either alone or with his boys. Unfortunately this is one of the things he didn’t have the chance to complete

“So, five years on and with some trepidation and a pinch of excitement, we are finally getting around to it.”

The brothers, who work in the finance industry, are raising money for Bowel & Cancer Research.

Whilst they plan to start and finish the marathon together, the brothers, aged 31 and 34, are training separately from their homes in Chelmsford and Greenwich.

A few weekend reunions are planned before April so they can practice getting into stride alongside each other.

“We have both played football, but it was a bit of a shock getting into the running programme,” said Tom.

“But we’re sure that with hours of hard work on the pavement and the support of our wonderful friends and family we will enjoy the whole experience, whilst looking to raise a considerable amount for a great charity Bowel & Cancer Research.”

Mike Lynch was a fit man who played football well into his 50s. He was first diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2010.

He fought the disease for two years and, after several operations, was given the all-clear. He was delighted to see his son Gregg get married in 2012 to Michelle. But in 2014 he discovered that the cancer had spread.

“In the end, it was very quick. We all thought he had more time than he did,” said Tom.

This marathon mission has been a long time coming, but we know Dad would have been very moved and hopefully very proud.

Older brother Gregg added: “The marathon has always been something we have wanted to achieve and doing this for our Dad makes it even more special. I can imagine his face at the finishing line and just how proud he would be of us.”

A spokesperson for Bowel & Cancer Research thanked Gregg and Tom for their support. “We’re very sorry that Mike Lynch lost his 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 the brothers can do so at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/micky-lynch56