A man who ran the London marathon in aid of Asthma UK has raised more than £2,000.

James Izzard, 33, from Harpenden completed the 26.2 mile challenge in three hours and 19 minutes and joined a 300-strong team of runners who ran for Asthma UK.

The charity hopes to raise more than £525,000 from the event.

Kerry Johns, head of events and community fundraising at Asthma UK, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you and congratulations to James for running the London Marathon for us.

“Every ten seconds someone has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack in the UK, which is why we fund research to help develop new treatments and ultimately a cure for asthma.

"We are solely funded by public donations, so we simply wouldn’t be able to continue with our work without people like James and our team of fantastic runners.”