AN MP has raised thousands for charity by running the London Marathon.

Tim Farron said it had been an 'incredible experience' after taking part in the event for the first time on Sunday.

The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP has so far raised more than £4,700 for the Brathay Trust, which is based near Ambleside and provides training and development - chiefly outdoors-based - for young people.

Mr Farron finished the race in four hours, 44 minutes and 44 seconds.

He said: "It turns out that 26-and-a-bit miles is a really long way.

“But the training in the glorious surroundings of south Cumbria has paid off, and I’m now looking forward to doing the Coniston 14 on Saturday!

“I’m unbelievably grateful to everyone who has encouraged me, supported me and sponsored me.

“The work that Brathay do in improving the lives of young people is truly inspiring and I’m so proud to have run the London Marathon for them.”

People can still donate here.