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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…

Weight-loss hero

Crossing the line at Race to the King

“After a few years at university – during which I rarely exercised, drank too much beer and had a poor diet – I’d see photos of myself on social media and realise I wasn’t happy with what I was seeing.”

Like many young men who suddenly find themselves in Tom’s situation, a picture is often the catalyst for change. “My weight gain had been gradual so I didn’t really notice it until I saw a picture of myself that I hardly recognised. I decided to do something about it, so I decided to grab my trainers (just a pair of casual tennis shoes at the time) and went out for a run.”

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