A self-confessed ‘couch potato’, who only just six months ago stepped foot for the first time in the gym, is set to run this year’s London Marathon on April 24.
Carl Gregory, 34, a teacher from Grantham, will take on the 26.2 mile race in memory of his close friend, who sadly died in July of last year from a heart-related illness.
“When my friend passed away, it really put things into perspective,” said Carl. “He was always trying to encourage me to get fit, but I just wasn’t interested.”
With no enthusiasm to take up any form of exercise, accompanied by a diet of kebabs and takeaways, Carl’s health was slowly deteriorating.
“My weight gain was really beginning to affect my health,” said Carl. “I needed to do something to help myself.”
In the past six months, Carl has literally changed his life around, spurred on by his friends passing and the notion of ‘living life to the full’.
“It was horrible the first time I walked into the gym – even running a mile killed me,” said Carl. “But six months on and I’m running up to 14 miles on the treadmill.”
Carl will be running the famous marathon in aid of Refuge, a charity which supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence.
“Its a cause close to my heart,” said Carl. “I want to raise as much money as I can for the charity.”
Currently, Carl has raised just over £600 but needs more sponsors to reach his target of £1,800.
“Reality has kicked in now,” said Carl. “I’m really nervous, but I’m looking forward to it.
“I really can’t wait for this challenge – it will change my life.”
If you would like to sponsor Carl in his marathon efforts, please visit his fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/Carl-Gregory3