Alex ready to go the extra mile - or 26.2 to be exact - as he leaves Chatteris to raise money for Magpas at the Chicago marathon

PUBLISHED: 14:25 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:41 05 October 2015

Alex Ashley will take part in the Chicago Marathon this weekend to raise money for Magpas

Alex Ashley will take part in the Chicago Marathon this weekend to raise money for Magpas

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Alex Ashley wasn't happy with the time that he completed the London Marathon in last year - 4 hours and 19 minutes, no less - so this Thursday he's flying out to the states to take part in the Chicago equivalent.

Alex Ashley will take part in the Chicago Marathon this weekend to raise money for MagpasAlex Ashley will take part in the Chicago Marathon this weekend to raise money for Magpas

Along with 40,000 other competitors, the 25-year-old from Chatteris has been training hard ahead of the 26.2 mile Chicago Marathon challenge he faces this weekend.

“This is a great opportunity for me personally as I have always wanted to travel over to America, as well as, compete in another marathon.

“Everything’s sorted apart from the packing. I’ve had a problem with my knees so I’m just going to have to try and blag it through the race,” he said.

“I’ve been following the training programme they give out, doing two or three short runs a week and one long one on Friday’s.”

This year Alex is raising money for a local charity, Magpas, after he completed the London Marathon for a cause close to his heart.

“My granddad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s so I ran for Alzheimer’s Society and managed to raise £2,000.”

So far this year, Alex’s total has reached over £700, aided by a few charity events he’s held at his local pub, The Sportsman.

“At the moment I feel fine, but now it’s getting a bit closer I am just going to go with the flow,” he said of the upcoming marathon.

To sponsor Alex ahead of this Sunday’s Chicago Marathon, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/alexashley

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