RUNNING one marathon is no mean feat, but deciding to run 10 marathons in 10 days is a challenge Steve Peel is ready to take on.

Steve is a firefighter for Dorset and Wiltshire Fire Service, working in North Swindon as well as Hamworthy.

The seed was planted in Steve's head for this gruelling challenge following his successful application for this year's London Marathon.

Steve will be running from the start of the Thames river to the end, with the distance he runs each day counting as one marathon.

He said: "I have done marathons before but I want to improve. I will be running from the source of the Thames in Gloucestershire on April 17 down to the Thames barrier in London. The London Marathon will then be my final marathon.

"I have explored the route on my bike to discover the safest paths. I can't think of a more beautiful way to run."

Steve will be running for two charities, Phab and Julia's House.

Julia's House is very close to Steve's heart, not only because his sister works there.

Steve has worked closely with them previously and admires the work they do across Dorset.

He said: "The work my sister does is incredible. I don't know how the people work there have the strength they do."

Steve's second chosen charity, Phab have been offering Steve advice with his marathon training and have helped with raising money.

Steve illustrated the importance of this nationwide charity: "They are breaking societal boundaries for disabled or less-abled families. Phab offers activities and fun days out, enabling people to get involved more.

"I think it's pretty amazing."

A fundraising target of £2000 has been set, but Steve hopes to raise as much money as he can to help his chosen charities and to fuel his motivation.

Steve added: "I am grateful for anything but I would love to smash my target."

To support Steve, you can donate via his JustGiving page: