Eastwood dad who lost 6st 3lbs to attend daughter’s wedding to run marathon

A dad who lost 6st 3lbs to walk his daughter up the aisle on her wedding day is now aiming to run a marathon.

Scott Ufton, 50, a railway engineer from Nottingham, joined the Eastwood Slimming World group in September 2017 weighing 21st 10lbs after promising himself he wouldn’t walk his daughter down the aisle at the size he was.

After losing 6st 3lbs, he is now set to achieve another dream of to achieve his dream of running the London Marathon which was postponed by the Coronavirus pandemic but is now due to go ahead in October.

Scott said that the most exercise he did before losing weight was the occasional walk, and he used an inhaler to assist his breathing.

He said: “I can’t believe I’m running the marathon after where I was just a few years ago. After spending years watching the race on TV and thinking it could never be me, to be actually running the world-famous London Marathon is a real dream come true!”

“There’s no way I’d have lost 6st or be running the marathon without the support of my group. They are the ones who have kept me on track each week, even during lockdown when groups were held virtually – both with my weight loss and with my running milestones.

“My group inspired me to take those first steps and have been there to congratulate me whenever I reach a new ‘furthest distance’, ‘fastest run’ and ‘half stone award’, as well as inspiring me with their achievements on their own journeys! I know they’ll be cheering me on when the day comes!”

During his weight loss Scott used a healthy eating plan and discovered a love for cooking, transforming his diet of fried foods, takeaways and white bread for cooking healthy, wholesome meals from scratch.

He added: “I couldn’t quite believe that I could lose weight without going hungry, and still enjoy all my favourite meals just by making changes to the way I prepared and cooked them. I’ve never eaten so well in my life! And I need all the fuel I can get for marathon training – so potatoes, pasta, and rice are all regularly on the menu!”

Scott, who completed the Newark Half Marathon in 2019, said: “It’s so special to be on the team. I’m so much happier and healthier and by losing weight I know I’ve reduced my chances of developing a range of health problems.”

The team will be running to raise money for Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society, with an aim to increase awareness of how keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer.

Supporting Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society’s life-saving research is particularly important to Scott after losing family and colleagues to cancer.

He said: “I can’t wait for the atmosphere on race day and to cross that finish line. Achieving this dream would never have been possible before losing weight. I’m excited to give something back and raise money for Cancer Research UK and the Irish Cancer Society.”

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