'No matter what, I will finish'

London Marathon start line, 2010

From a first-time runner fighting against the odds to taking part in 36 consecutives London Marathons, there are many inspirational stories from people lacing up their trainers for this year’s event.

On Sunday world-class runners and fundraisers will take part in one of the world’s most famous and colourful races.

Meet the faces behind the sweat bands as Get Inspired takes a closer look at the experience of six of the 38,000-strong field.

Nicky Ashwell with Bionic hand

‘I want to raise awareness of the problems’

Marathon motivation: Born without a right hand, Nicky, 30, was fitted with the world’s most lifelike bionic hand in 2014. It means she can carry out everyday tasks with two hands for the very first time.

Nicky says: “I want to raise awareness of the problems people with disabilities can face, not in coping with their disability, but with infrastructure restrictions and society’s prejudices. I’m running for Leonard Cheshire Disability because of their work to campaign for change in these areas.”

“I would ideally like any funds I raise to be spent encouraging and supporting young disabled people to achieve their goals, especially in the fields of business and sport.”

Running for: Leonard Cheshire Disability