BBC News presenter Naga Munchetty will swap her news desk for her running trainers on 21 April to run the London Marathon in aid of national charity United Response.

Naga from Hertfordshire, who often presents BBC Breakfast, decided to run the gruelling 26.2-mile marathon to complete a lifelong ambition she has been delaying.  

Naga said: “I’m delighted to be running in this year’s marathon. It’s one of those things I have always wanted to do but never got around to. The training is tough and requires a lot of dedication and commitment, but I’m sure once I cross the finish line it will all be worth it.”

Ms Munchetty is determined to go the distance to raise £2,000 for the disability charity, which supports people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and physical disabilities across England and Wales.

Naga added: “I was inspired to run for United Response after hearing about the amazing way it supports people with mental health needs. Unfortunately there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental health issues, and there shouldn’t be. We all have to face challenges in life, some much greater than others, but there is no doubt that having support when it all seems just too much, is invaluable.

Also running on the day will be her husband James who is training along side Naga, James added: “Training for a marathon can be very difficult at times, especially when it comes to motivating yourself. But we are both keeping a close eye on each other and making sure we train regularly.”

Naga also said: “I’m glad James is training with me, often running by yourself for hours on end can be boring, and sometimes you need someone to push you along and keep encouraging you.”