A huge congratulations to the lovely Caire O’Hara, the winner of our SBC marathon competition. Over the next few months Claire will be sharing regular updates with us about how her marathon journey is going!
Read about Claire’s journey so far:
“I was an overweight woman and decided to take a plan of action with my life. I took myself to my local Slimming World group and signed up, I started my transformation journey at 18 Stone 4lb in Dec 2016, I’ve pushed myself to most extremes I can mentally and physically do, I’ve cried and I’ve laughed. I had the most fantastic support from my slimming world consultant & group, the Slimming World community, family, and friends. I’ve gone on to lose over 7 and a 1/2 stone in weight, I’m so close to target now. You can see my journey on Instagram under slimmingworld_mumof1 which shows you my food, weight loss and training
During my journey I decided to take up running, I could barely walk when I first started out, but I persisted, and it paid off. I ran my first 10k in June and now regularly run 3 times a week. I decided next I wanted to do something completely out my comfort zone…… so what better than the marathon. Now I have a place. Yes, you read that right. I am now running the London Marathon.
But now your thoughts are why I have decided to run for Centrepoint – whilst running I would run past train stations and bus stops and I would see young homeless people, it really shed a light into homelessness, something I had never really thought about. I used to think while running there must be help and support out there for them, that’s where I found Centrepoint. Centrepoint help 16-25 year olds find a safe place to live, give them a health assessment and plan support for their individual mental and physical health needs. Then they can start them on a path to more independence and a job. When I found what they can do for the homeless, I really wanted to help! The support I was given when losing weight was incredible and the support Centre Point give is outstanding. I hope by me running the marathon will raise funds and awareness for Centrepoint.”