An Enfield ‘superman’ will be donning his trusty cape for the 289th time as he prepares to run the London marathon.

John Wallace, of Connaught Avenue, Enfield will race on April 13 in aid of North London Hospice in what will be his 288th run.

The 58-year-old once completed a record eight marathons in ten days and has chosen the hospice for this year’s marathon after witnessing the help it gave one of his children’s teachers.

He said: “The hospice is an incredible organisation that gives patients such respect and dignity and I am delighted to be able to run for them this year.

“I may be approaching my seventh decade but I have absolutely no intention of stopping. As long as I can raise vital funds for such worthy causes, I will keep on running.”

Robin Langrishe, director of fundraising at the North London Hospice, said:  “John is an absolute inspiration and we feel very privileged to have him running for us in this year’s London Marathon. We are enormously grateful for the funds he has raised which will help us to provide the specialist palliative care that everyone with life-limiting illnesses deserves.”