WHILE thousands of runners take on the Southampton marathon this weekend one Hampshire MP will be pounding the streets of the capital to help reduce deaths in young people.

Eastleigh MP Mims Davies will run the London marathon on Sunday to raise money for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Cash will be used to seek to reduce deaths in young people from undiagnosed heart diseases.

It comes after the death of 22-year-old Claire Reed, pictured, from a heart attack in 2013 - just five months after her dream wedding.

After her death, her parents run awareness campaigns to put cardiac screening in the spotlight.

Ms Davies said: “I am squeezing in training sessions around my very busy work as the MP for Eastleigh because this is too good an opportunity to miss to promote these great charities and all the work that they do to save lives.”

Ms Davies has supported the increase number of defibrillators in public places in a bid to save more lives.

Now she will take part in the 26-mile run n London, which was run in 1981 for the first time. Runners have since raised more than £830 million for good causes.

As part of her training for the event she has already run the Eastleigh 10k in March and the Brighton half marathon.