Whatever the weather, the run most go on...

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Ice baths, 21-mile runs, 6am starts, rain and gales are just some of the factors James Tillcock has had to contend with during his training for the London Marathon.

James, aged 33, from Middleton Cheney, will be running on behalf of Adoption UK, where his wife Louise works.

The father-of-two said: “I used to run three or four times a week so last year my wife persuaded me to run the Oxford Half Marathon on behalf of Adoption UK. I really enjoyed it and this year I’ve been lucky enough to gain a place in the London Marathon.”

Assistant accountant James, who has been running eight miles before work twice a week and longer distances on Saturdays, said: “The toughest thing is the early mornings in winter when it’s pitch black outside and raining with gale-force winds howling. It’s very tempting to just turn the alarm off, roll over and go back to sleep.”

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