THE mayor of Weston is taking on a marathon challenge in the hopes of raising vital funds today (Saturday, March 2).

Residents can cheer on the mayor, Cllr Ciaran Cronnelly, as he runs around the town at various locations, including when he sets off from The Grand Pier at 10.30am.

All proceeds raised on the mayor's JustGiving page will be donated to Weston Foodbank, which provides essential food packages to those struggling.

The mayor has been training diligently for today. Cllr Cronnelly said: “Preparing for this marathon has been both physically and mentally demanding, but I’m dedicated to making a difference for the foodbank.

"There have been some ups and downs, like a swollen ankle and even a moment where I had to call for a ride home after running too far. But the support of the community has been incredible, and it keeps me going.”