Leicester Tigers star Lewis Moody is running the London Marathon this Sunday in aid of Crohn's and Colitis UK.
Moody made 223 appearances during his career at Welford Road and is now an ambassador for the charity.
Lewis said running the London marathon was something he always wanted to do:
"I am incredibly proud to be running in aid of such a great charity, which is very close to my heart as I am an Ulcerative Colitis sufferer".
Today marks the anniversary of Claire Squire's death after she collapsed one mile from the finish in last years London Marathon.
Today her friends are doing the race in her memory to raise money for the Squires Effect charity.
Kate McCann, the mother of missing Leicestershire girl Madeleine, is running the London Marathon today.
Kate, from Rothley in Leicestershire is an ambassador of the Missing People charity and is aiming to raise £20,000 to mark its 20th anniversary.
Fourteen friends of Claire Squires will run the marathon she never completed today.
It is the anniversary of Claire's death after she collapsed one mile from the finish in last years London Marathon.
Claire, from North Kilworth, near Market Harborough, raised more than £1millon after her death via her just giving page which is being donated to the charity Samaritans.
Friends of Claire Squires, the hairdresser from Leicestershire who died running the London Marathon, are preparing to finish the race she never completed.
In April 2012, Claire died a mile before the finish line. ITV Central has been to meet her sister and some friends who are taking part in the marathon for the charity Squires Effect.
Friends of Leicestershire marathon runner Claire Squires are preparing to leave Market Harborough for London to run the race she never got to complete.
Claire died a mile from the finish line in last year's London Marathon.
The friends of a 30-year-old hairdresser from Leicestershire who died during the London Marathon last year will be running the race in her memory this Sunday.
Claire Squires' Just Giving page raised more than £1million for charity after she collapsed just a mile from the finish line.
Her friends Lucy Marlow and Nicola Short are taking part in the Marathon along with twelve other people.
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After an energy boosting drink was cited as contributing to the death of marathon runner Claire Squires, the company behind the drink have defended the active ingredient DMAA.
Claire died in April 2012 just a mile from the finishing line of the London marathon.
She had taken a drink containing DMAA with her. DMAA was banned in the UK in August 2012.
USPlabs sympathizes with the family of Ms. Squires for their tragic loss. We continue to stand by the safety of the dietary ingredient 1, 3 DMAA. The ingredient has been the subject of seven clinical trials supporting its safety when used as directed. These studies place 1,3 DMAA among the most studied dietary ingredients on the market.
A coroner's court has today heard how a performance-enhancing drug did contribute to the death of a woman from Leicestershire, who collapsed close to the finish of the London marathon.
The family of Claire Squires, who was 30, say her loss has created a gaping hole in their lives.
The harmful drug was contained in a supplement called Jack3D which she added to her water bottle. It was legal at the time and widely available. The court heard Claire was completely unaware of its risks