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FAT 2 FIT

BEFORE 25ST 5LBS
AFTER 11ST 7LBS

I suppose it was when I became comfortable in a relationship, in my early 20s, that I first started to pile on the pounds.

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ROB KEMP MEETS FIVE GUYS WHO’VE HAVE BUCKED THE OBESITY TREND TO LOSE ALMOST 50 STONE IN WEIGHT IN ORDER TO IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH, REKINDLE FAMILY LIFE, TAKE ON NEW CHALLENGES AND EVEN BECOME ULTRARUNNERS…
MARK KENNA HAS GONE FROM RUNNING-PHOBIC COUCH POTATO TO FITNESS-MAD ULTRARUNNER IN THE SPACE OF JUST THREE YEARS – AND HE BELIEVES EVERYONE IS CAPABLE OF GETTING FIT FAST
WHEN A LIFE-THREATENING OPERATION FORCED HIM TO ADDRESS HIS OBESITY, 33-YEAROLD DAVE SMITH TURNED TO THE SPORT HE HATED, AND RUNNING NOT ONLY HELPED HIM SHED THE WEIGHT – IT GAVE HIM A NEW LEASE OF LIFE
DETERMINED TO GET FIT AFTER A REALITY-CHECK MOMENT, BRIAN LEWIS BEGAN RUNNING, LOST SEVEN STONE, RAN A FEW ULTRAMARATHONS, AND DECIDED HE ENJOYED IT ENOUGH TO BECOME A QUALIFIED COACH
FOR MARK READ, THE PAST FOUR YEARS HAVE BEEN FAR FROM EASY – LOSING HIS FIRST WIFE IN 2012 AND BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A PULMONARY EMBOLISM IN SEPTEMBER 2016. RUNNING, THOUGH, CONTINUES TO OFFER
ANDREW KNOTT, 38, HAS USED RUNNING TO CUT FIVE STONE AND BOOST HIS CONFIDENCE
A CHANGE OF SCENERY HELPED DAN MILLS FALL IN LOVE WITH EXERCISE, SHED FOUR STONE, RESTORE HIS CONFIDENCE AND REGAIN HIS COMPETITIVE EDGE
STARTING A FAMILY FORCED ROB MAY OUT OF HIS HEALTHY HABITS AND HE BEGAN TO PUT ON WEIGHT. BUT A SERMON FROM HIS VICAR GOT HIM ON THE ROAD TO RUNNING IT OFF – AND HE HASN’T LOOKED BACK SINCE
WHEN MATT GRIFFITHS SIGNED UP FOR HIS FIRST MARATHON, HE WAS 17ST AND PREDICTED IT WOULD TAKE HIM SEVEN HOURS. NOW, HIS PB OF 3:27 IS PROOF THAT ANYONE CAN BECOME A RUNNER – AND A QUICK ONE AT THAT
WHEN A ROUTINE MEDICAL REVEALED BAD NEWS FOR ROWLAND PHILLIPS, HE TOOK TO THE STREETS TO RUN HIS WAY BACK TO BETTER HEALTH
TIPPING THE SCALES AT 25 STONE, IAN KENNA KNEW IF HE DIDN’T TAKE ACTION HE MAY NOT LIVE TO SEE HIS KIDS GROW UP. SO BEGAN AN EPIC JOURNEY OF WEIGHT LOSS, FUNDRAISING AND 1,500K OF RUNNING
ALARMED BY THE RESULTS OF A ROUTINE MEDICAL, DAVID SWEETING DECIDED TO TAKE ACTION. HE AND HIS EIGHT-YEAR-OLD SON ENTERED THEIR LOCAL PARKRUN, AND SO BEGAN A LOVE FOR RUNNING
MARCO ALESSI, 50, FROM BURY, HEEDED A HEALTH WARNING AND RAN OFF A THIRD OF HIS BODYWEIGHT
PAUL COMMONS, 51, INITIALLY USED RUNNING TO SHIFT SOME SERIOUS BULK, BUT SOON FOUND HE HAD A KNACK FOR LONG-DISTANCE PURSUITS
JOBLESS AND TIPPING THE SCALES AT 22 STONE, DAN FISH KNEW HE NEEDED TO TAKE CONTROL OF HIS LIFE. RUNNING PROVIDED A SENSE OF PURPOSE AND THE MOTIVATION NEEDED TO FORGE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER
IN 2007, 45-YEAR-OLD SHAY WALKER’S BEST FRIEND, CHRIS, LOST HIS BATTLE WITH CANCER. DETERMINED TO HONOUR HIS MATE’S MEMORY, SHAY ENTERED A 10K RACE AND, IN THE BEST TRIBUTE POSSIBLE, WON IT!
TREVOR BINCH, 47, WALKED, JOGGED, THEN RAN HIS WAY TO AN INCREDIBLE WEIGHT-LOSS TRANSFORMATION
WHEN LAVISH 30TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS FORCED BRENDAN O’DONNELL TO CONFRONT HIS WEIGHT, HE ADOPTED A NO-HOLDS-BARRED APPROACH. NOW, THREE YEARS ON, HE’S 10 STONE LIGHTER AND AN AVID RUNNER
ANDREW SNEDDON’S SEDENTARY JOB AND FAST-FOOD DIET SAW HIM TIP THE SCALES AT OVER 17 STONE. BY TAKING UP RUNNING, HE HAS MANAGED TO SHIFT THE POUNDS AND ADOPT A MORE POSITVE OUTLOOK ON LIFE
DIAGNOSED AS MORBIDLY OBESE AND WARNED THAT HIS WEIGHT MEANT HE WAS IN ‘BIG TROUBLE’, DAN MULLIN, A 43-YEAR-OLD FATHER OF TWO FROM MANCHESTER, HAS TRANSFORMED HIS LIFE – WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM A RUNNING COACH
ASIF SALEEM’S OBESITY WAS LEADING HIM ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE TO DIABETES AND DEPRESSION. ON DOCTOR’S ORDERS, HE DISCOVERED RUNNING AND IS NOW ON THE VERGE OF HIS FIRST EVER MARATHON
FOR MICHAEL JEWES, A GRADUATION PHOTO PROVIDED AN UNWELCOME REALITY CHECK. BY TAKING UP RUNNING, HOWEVER, HE’S MANAGED TO SHED SIX STONE – AND SAYS HE WON’T BE STOPPING ANY TIME SOON
DELIVERY DRIVER JAMES GLADMAN, 42, FROM SHOREHAM-BY-SEA WANTED TO REDUCE HIS BODY FAT PERCENTAGE TO BECOME A LEANER, LONGER LASTING RUNNER
AT OVER 23 STONE, MATHEW ROBSON COULDN’T CLIMB THE STAIRS WITHOUT STRUGGLING FOR BREATH. DETERMINED TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND, A HEALTHY DOSE OF RUNNING CATALYSED AN INCREDIBLE WEIGHT-LOSS JOURNEY
MARTIN PEARCE LEFT THE NAVY IN 2001 WITH LOW SELF-ESTEEM AND A BURGEONING WAISTLINE. ON THE ADVICE OF AN EX-COLLEAGUE, HE BEGAN RUNNING AND HIS WEIGHT – AND MOOD – DRAMATICALLY IMPROVED
TOM WAKE, 31, A WEB DEVELOPER FROM KESGRAVE IN SUFFOLK, SET OUT TO LOSE A BIT OF STUDENT FLAB – LITTLE DID HE KNOW HE’D BECOME AN ULTRARUNNER IN THE PROCESS…
BARRY STEWART HAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE, UNTIL THE PRESSURES OF WORK AND HOME LIFE TOOK THEIR TOLL. TIPPING THE SCALES AT ALMOST 20 STONE, HE USED RUNNING TO SHED OVER FIVE STONE AND TURN HIS LIFE AROUND
SUCKER FOR A TAKEAWAY, TIM MOYLE FOUND HIMSELF OVERWEIGHT AND IN NEED OF A MAJOR LIFESTYLE CHANGE. HIS CHILDREN PROVIDED THE HEALTH KICK HE NEEDED – AND RUNNING PROVIDED THE MEANS TO DO SO
FOR STEVE JAY, DESPITE A SPORT-FILLED CHILDHOOD, HIS EARLY 20S WERE A TIME OF WEIGHT GAIN AND ILL HEALTH. SINCE THEN HE’S SHED SIX STONE. JOINING A RUNNING CLUB, HE SAYS, WAS THE BEST DECISION HE’S EVER MADE
FOR 47-YEAR-OLD DAVID WILLIS, THE HEARTBREAK OF DIVORCE, COUPLED WITH AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE, MOTIVATED HIM TO TURN HIS LIFE AROUND. RUNNING HAS HELPED HIM TO DO JUST THAT AND HE FEELS BETTER THAN EVER
WHEN A BLOOD PRESSURE TEST PUT LIFE INTO PERSPECTIVE FOR MORBIDLY OBESE TOM BURGESS, THE 36-YEAR-OLD FROM BICESTER DONNED A PAIR OF TRAINERS AND GOT INTO MARATHON-CONQUERING SHAPE
IN DECEMBER 2011, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY MOTIVATED STUART MCPHERSON TO TRIM DOWN AND GET FIT. HE’S SINCE LOST SIX STONE AND IS LOOKING TO RUN FOUR HALF MARATHONS THIS YEAR
AT 23 STONE AND A HEAVY SMOKER, BEN FAIRBURN KNEW HE HAD TO MAKE A CHANGE. SO HE DECIDED TO TAKE UP RUNNING – HE’S NOW LOST OVER EIGHT STONE AND IS INSPIRING OTHERS TO GET FIT
A BAD WORK/LIFE BALANCE AND LOVE OF TAKEAWAYS SAW DANIEL COURTNEY’S WEIGHT BALLOON. BUT AN INVITATION FROM A FRIEND SAW HIM TAKE UP RUNNING – AND HE’S NEVER LOOKED BACK
BOB SWINDELL, 47, LIVES IN BARNET, NORTH LONDON, WITH HIS PARTNER AND THEIR RESCUE CAT. IN 2012, WEIGHING 21 STONE (135KG) HE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH TYPE 2 DIABETES. BUT RUNNING CAME TO HIS RESCUE…