Travel agent Peter Goodwin is taking on the gruelling 26.2miles of the London marathon this year in aid of children’s charity Phab Kids.

The charity supports children with disabilities and gives them access to adventure days across the UK among other activities.

Goodwin, 43, a homeworker for Cruise1st, has run the marathon in the capital once before, back in 2009.

He told Travel Weekly: “Nine years later I’m quite a bit heavier. But training’s going well and I’m gradually increasing the distances of my runs.”

Phab Kids was his chosen charity because he wants to “give something back” from the travel industry.

“I didn’t have a specific reason for a specific charity but I wanted to find something that helps disabled children that can be loosely related to the travel industry,” he said.

“We get to go to some amazing places and there are kids with disabilities who wouldn’t get those opportunities without people like Phab Kids, so it’s good to give something back.”

Goodwin is aiming for a finish time of four and a half hours, but said he was more concerned about crossing the finish line.

He said he is hopeful that a cruise line or tour operator will opt to match his funding, as he aims to reach his £2,000 target and said he would be happy to wear their branding during the run in return for the support.

The London Marathon takes place on April 22. To donate, visit his Just Giving page here.