By Gary Anderson

January 31 - London 2012 champion Katherine Grainger is set to run in the London Marathon for the International Inspiration charity ©Getty Images Britain's Olympic gold medal-winning rower Katherine Grainger is set to pound the streets at this year's Virgin London Marathon after it was announced she will be tackling the 26.2-mile course for the International Inspiration charity.

She won double skulls gold with partner Anna Watkins at Eton Dorney in 2012, to add to silver medals from Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.

However, the 38-year-old is swapping the water for the road as she takes on the marathon challenge on April 13.

"I am delighted to announce that, on behalf of International Inspiration, I will be able to fulfil a long standing ambition and run the 2014 London Marathon," said the six-time world champion.

"Starting my training, I've realised that this challenge will fully push me out of my comfort zone as an Olympic rower.

"But International Inspiration is about making a difference to people's lives and providing opportunities where there weren't any before and I'm proud to play my part.

"I want to raise awareness of the charity's fantastic work, which has already helped to inspire and transform the lives of over 15 million children, young and disadvantaged people around the world through the power of sport."

International Inspiration was formed exactly a year ago through the merger of the II Foundation (IIF) and International Development through Sport (IDS) to form International Inspiration:  'International Development through Sport' (IN).

The charity says it aims to increase opportunities for children and young people in low and middle income countries to access, enjoy and learn from physical education, sport and play.

Its programmes help develop young people to play their role in society, developing their leadership potential through sport and widening access to sustainable livelihoods.

The charity is chaired by British Olympic Association chairman Sebastian Coe.

Coe promised in 2005 to "reach young people all around the world and connect them to the inspirational power of sport" after he led London's successful bid for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Grainger will be among thousands taking part in April's London Marathon ©Getty Images Grainger will be among thousands taking part in April's London Marathon ©Getty Images

As part of that promise, International Inspiration has been delivering the London 2012 international sport legacy initiative.

Now in its final year, the initiative, delivered by UK Sport in partnership with UNICEF and the British Council, claims to have inspired and enabled more than 15 million children and young people in 20 countries around the world to play sport.

"International Inspiration is privileged to have a trustee of Katherine's standing," said Coe.

"Her decision to run the marathon on behalf of the charity and the millions of children and young people we are reaching and engaging through sport is truly inspirational.

"We have grown into an ambitious, partnership focused charity that will continue its journey forward, and further evolve within the sport for development world so that the vital work to help those less fortunate endures long into the future."

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