The 21-year-old will be running the London Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI in memory of his late brother Tom Pugsley.

A Bideford sales assistant is taking on the London Marathon to raise funds for the RNLI in memory of his late lifeguard brother.

James Pugsley, 21, decided to run the race after the death of his brother, Tom, last April. Tom was a lifeguard on Westward Ho! beach and the charity is close to James's heart.

“The lifeguards have been very supportive and so I would like to show my appreciation by running this race for my brother and the RNLI,” he said.

James is aiming to raise £2,300, and has so far raised more than £1,200 through his Virgin Money Giving webpage alone.

James, who came 11th in the Bideford half marathon in last month, has been committed to a rigorous training schedule ahead Sunday's marathon. He's aiming to complete the 26.2 miles in two hours and 50 minutes.

“I've been training since November, fitting in runs around my shifts at Morrisons. I feel really good when I come back from a run knowing that I am one step closer to the big day.

“I have never run a marathon before so it is a challenge, but a challenge I am prepared to take on to raise money for a great charity and in memory of my brother.”

To sponsor James please visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JamesPugsley