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Cheshire dad runs to the London marathon before competing

Whilst many of us could easily admit to a marathon chocolate eating session over the weekend, we meet the man from Cheshire who's running eight of them this week.

Dad of two Simon Benbow from Nantwich set off from his home this morning, he'll be running to London where he will then take on the marathon. He's doing it to raise money for a cancer charity after he lost his mum to the disease as well as surviving skin cancer himself.

Sarah Rogers has been to meet him:

Follow Simon's progress here and find out more about more about the charity as well as donation information here.


We visit Parkrun to see what all the fuss is about

It's 14 years since one man decided he was going to organise a weekly running event in his local park, free and open to everyone to take part.

Now, more than a million people across the world lace up their running shoes and head out every Saturday to race in a Parkrun.

As part of our series Spring into Action, Teresa McMahon went to her local park in Salford to see just what gets runners out on a weekend.

Instagram star, 85, blogs inspiring diet journey

If you're familiar with photo-sharing social media site Instagram, you'll know that there's no shortage of young, beautiful people flaunting glamorous lifestyles and giving the rest of us tips on healthy living.

So it's great to see the grandad from Lancashire doing so well.

David Cookson's Instagram account has gone viral after his posts on weight-loss and healthy eating were shared across the world.

As part of our new series Spring into Action, our reporter Teresa McMahon went to meet him.


Lyme Park: moorland fire on National Trust land

Firefighters have spent the night at the scene. Credit: Steve Gribbon

Fire crews are tackling a large moorland fire in the grounds of one of the North West's best known stately homes.

Lyme Hall at Disley in Cheshire is where Pride and Prejudice was filmed for TV in 1995.

Cheshire Fire and Rescue service say the fire is located on a large moorland area south of Knightslow woods.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Lyme Park has been closed to the public and visitors are advised to stay away.

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