Kathleen Hallows from Baston lost 6 stone and is running the London Marathon
A mum-of-three is determined to run the London Marathon for charity after losing an incredible six stone in weight.
Kat Hallows, 36, from Baston has raised more than £3,000 for Children with Cancer UK.
But it was only recently that she felt fit enough to take on such a huge challenge as running 26 miles.
Kat said: “I have always admired those who run the London Marathon, never believing I would be in a position where I felt I could do the same.
“When I was overweight I had no energy and my kidney problems were being made worse.
“My kids, 12, 10 and six weren’t happy either, so a year or so ago I decided that the extra weight just had to go.”
Having completed a challenge to cover 200 miles during August 2017, Kat found new energy to do ‘something amazing’.
“In the last year I challenged myself to improve my health and I achieved this through losing six stone in weight and getting active,” she added.
“I ate less and exercised more, and now I am in training for my first ever London Marathon.”
Having witnessed two close family members have their battles with cancer, Kat was inspired to support Children With Cancer, the charity partner of her employer, RS Components.
She said: “They seemed the natural choice to support.
“Cancer is hard enough if you are an adult, so my heart really goes out to the 4,500 kids who are diagnosed in the UK each year, and their families.
“It’s also good motivation for me when I am training as I am determined not to let them down.”
Kat is now well into her 16-week training programme for the Virgin London Marathon on April 29, 2019.
She completed the Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon on December 9 last year, and then knocked 15 minutes off her finishing time at the Prestwold Hall Half Marathon on February 17.
“I’ve now got the running bug,” said Kat. “I am more motivated than ever to achieve my challenge of running 26.2 miles for Children with Cancer.”
Kat had set herself the target to raising as much money as possible because out of every £100 spent on cancer research, typically only £3 is spent on research into children’s cancers.
Kat’s fundraising page is at www.virginmoneygiving.com/KathleenHallows