A BUILDER who had not exercised for 20 years is preparing to take part in the Great North Run in September.
Simon Meadows, aged 42, owner of SM Construction Ltd, has vowed to give up the booze and change his diet as part of his training for the event.
He will be raising money for the Everyman’s men’s cancer charity and the local Shine project, which works with overweight and obese children to boost their confidence and educate them about sensible eating habits.
Simon has already dropped half a stone, but still has three more to reach his target weight of 13.5 stone, taking dietary and nutrition advice from his friend Kath Sharman, who runs the Shine project.
Out have gone the pints of lager and packets of crisps, replaced instead by an alcohol-free diet and bags of grapes to snack on.
Simon, of Holly Grove, Intake, is also steadily increasing the number of miles he covers on his early morning runs, ready for the 13-mile race.
“It is hard work,” he said, “but it is slowly but surely getting a bit easier. It’s good to have something to work towards, especially when they are both such good causes.”
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