Run, fat bloke run as Keith heads for roads again
IT'S never too late to pull on your daps and get fit — no matter how overweight you are.
And self confessed "fat bloke" Keith Scaggs believes it's all a case of a positive mindset — and is urging people to set their mind to it and follow his example.
Next month, despite hovering around 18 stone, he will be tackling the London Marathon in memory of his father to raise money for Kidney Research UK.
But it isn't the only challenge Keith, from Manselton, will be tackling this year.
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He has a 36-mile ultra marathon to complete, as well as half marathons in Cardiff and Bristol. And it won't be his first time either.
The 40-year-old said: "I was around 21 stone, and lost six of them, although I have put about four back on since.
"But I have not given up exercise and am training not just for the London Marathon, but other half marathons and an 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."
In recent years Keith has completed half marathons in Bristol — twice — Cardiff and Wilmslow, as well as the London Marathon in 2011, and the 26-mile race in Tenby last year.
This year, he is doing the London 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 6 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 £2,500 for leukaemia research, and he is looking to achieve at least the same figure again.
Anyone interested in helping can visit his webpage at: www.justgiving.com/skeggsy1