'Fat bloke' to run another marathon - and urges others to follow his example
HE'S a self confessed 'fat bloke' - but the memory of his father will see him pounding the streets of London next month to raise money to Kidney Research UK.
Keith Skeggs, from Manselton, will also be tackling an ultra marathon later this year - a course which last 36 miles.
And he is hoping his example will inspire other people who consider themselves too big to exercise, to get out their sports gear, pull on some daps, and get moving.
The 40-year-old said: "I was 21 stone, and lost six of them, although I have put four back on since.
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"But I have not given up exercise, and am training not just for the London marathon, but other half marathons and a ultra marathon in august for the charity.
"One top of that I am also training for my brown belt in Wado Ryu Karate at Budokan Wales.
"Just because you are overweight or obese, does not mean you cannot exercise, and I hope that my experience will inspire other people to get out there."
It won't be the first time the father-of-two has hit the pavements - despite his size.
In recent years he has completed the half marathons in Bristol, twice, in Cardiff, Wilmslow, as well as the London Marathon in 2011, and in Tenby last year.
And next month's London challenge is just the first in a number he has planned this year, including Bristol and Cardiff again, as well as the ultra marathon in North Wales.
This year, he is doing the run for Kidney Research UK in memory of this father, also called Keith, who passed away last March.
"He was a very generous man, and I don't think he ever got over the death of my mother Janet a few years earlier. They were together for 40 years, and it was a real love story - I think he was just heartbroken after she went.
"That is why this is really dear to my heart.
"I know my father would have been chuffed to know how I am supporting this charity, and I think my wife is too.
"It has been a tough time, and I have battled depression. I think sometimes the weight is down to comfort eating.
"I am a 5 foot six inch fat bloke who is determined to cross the finish line.
"I'm currently 19 stone, but I would like to highlight the point that exercise is not exclusive, and that no matter what your size or your mental state, you can achieve anything."
Two years ago, thanks to his efforts, Keith raised £2500 two years ago for leukaemia research, and he is looking to achieve at least the same figure again.Anyone interested in helping can visit his webpage at: