A VEGAN runner is hoping his healthy diet will get him through his first marathon.

Lewis Sydenham, 25, is set to tackle the London Marathon on April 13 after securing a place through the public ballot.

Former Stanwell School pupil Lewis will complete the 26.2mile race in aid of Fair Trade UK.

Lewis has never run further than 17 miles in training, but said that training had been going well ahead of the big day.

“I’m running faster than my targeted marathon pace but I’ve still got to run more than nine miles further,” he said.

“I can’t wait for the big day though and I’m really excited.”

He added that he chose to raise money for Fair Trade UK as he believed in its ethos.

“They were very happy when I chose them as they said I was the only person running the London Marathon in aid of them,” he said.

“Since I have become a vegan it has made me more aware of Fair Trade UK and I really believe in their ethos.”

Lewis, who has previously run 5k’s, 10k’s, half marathons and two sprint triathlons, said that he hoped his fitness background would help him tackle his first marathon.

“It has helped me prepare mentally as they say the changeover in triathlons is like no other, as you go from cycling to running.”

Lewis, who took part in the 750mile Around Wales charity challenge around the circumference of Wales in 2011, said that the hardest part of training was battling with the recent stormy weather.

“I train on my own and find it hard when the weather is like it has been recently," he said.

“If anyone see’s me around Penarth I’m the one with a fluorescent yellow headband!”

Lewis can be sponsored at http://bit.ly/LEW26Miles

Lewis will also be updating his progress on twitter at @lewww7