Tim Peake takes on marathon on board space station

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ASTRONAUT Tim Peake will be joining thousands of runners in the London Marathon this weekend.

The dad, who hails from Westbourne, near Emsworth, will run the full 26.2 miles on a treadmill on board the International Space Station.

On Earth, a team of UK Space Agency and European Space Agency colleagues will run with him in support of the Prince’s Trust.

The former Portsmouth University student said: ‘As soon as I was assigned my mission to the International Space Station, I realised that it was a wonderful opportunity to run the London Marathon from on board the ISS.

‘Being an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, the marathon gives me the perfect opportunity to raise awareness for the important work they do to help disadvantaged young people to get their lives back on track.’