Bath Half Marathon is second day of 60-mile challenge for software developer
For software developer Ira Rainey, the Bath Half will be part of a 60-mile, two-day stint for Macmillan Cancer Support.
On Saturday the 43-year-old will be running the 47 miles of the Green Man Ultra, following the community forest path around Bristol.
Then Mr Rainey, who works for London and Country Mortgages, will be taking on the 13 miles of the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday.
Mr Rainey said he had been "fat and lazy" until January of last year, when a friend was diagnosed with stage-four oesophageal cancer.
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"It was a real slap in the face for me, and was the push I needed and wanted to get a grip. I decided to tackle my bad habits and poor attitude, lose weight, drink less, and get fitter."
Deaf tennis coach Daniel Tunstall is taking on the challenge in memory of his father David, who had Parkinson's.
Mr Tunstall, head of junior coaching at Lansdown Tennis Club, is raising money for Parkinson's UK with his first Bath Half.
The 33-year-old said his father had helped him to follow his tennis dream.
He said: "Dad was a marathon runner himself and would have liked me running the Bath Half."
The care that Dorothy House provided to his wife's grandfather persuaded Danish runner Flemming Christensen to take on the Bath Half.
Mr Christensen, 30, from Jutland is running 13 miles to raise as much money as possible for the hospice.
His wife's grandfather Robert Thomsen, from Odd Down, died last month aged 83 after living with cancer for nine years.
Hockey players from the University of Bath will be running 13 miles to raise money for charity.
Players from the club have chosen learning disability group Swallow as their charity of the year, and 20 members will be running as part of the fundraising.
Determined to give her Kenyan sponsor child a better life, Amanda Barron will be running the Bath Half to raise money for the girl's children's home.
Mrs Barron, from Oldfield Park, hopes to raise £500 for the Happy House Children's Home in Kenya.
She was inspired by her sponsor child Margaret, 12, who is one of 63 orphaned or abandoned children cared for at the home.
Five staff members from homeless charity St Mungo's in Bath are running in order to raise money to build a green gym.
A green gym is an outdoor fitness centre which provides users with fitness equipment in the open air to help improve strength and stamina and boost practical skills.