A STUDENT from Malpas is taking on the challenge of her first marathon after changing her attitude to health and fitness.
Lesley Greenwood, 52, has signed up to the London Marathon in April after losing an impressive three stone in weight – and as well as inspiring others to take up the challenge of health and fitness, she also aims to raise money for a charity dedicated to giving disabled children “a sporting chance”.
The University of Chester student decided to change her lifestyle following her 50th birthday – and she’s never felt or looked better.
Lesley said: “After turning 50 I was looking at some photographs of myself and I didn’t like what I saw.
“My blood pressure was also high and I decided I needed to do something to change my life.
“My blood pressure is now normal after a healthy diet and exercise programme I devised myself – I wanted something for the long term.
Lesley has been fitting in her training around returning to full-time study on the MSc in Obesity and Weight Management course and says it has helped her stay on track.
She will be running the marathon in aid of The Lords’ Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity.
Her fundraising has already made more than £1,000 but her target is £2,100.
Lesley continued: “My daughter ran both the London Marathon and the Great North Run last year and she inspired me to take up running too.
“I’ve been training for 18 months now and I recently completed a half marathon and a 16-mile run a couple of weeks ago.
“I’m so proud of myself! I want other people to know if I can do it anyone can.”
To sponsor Lesley, visit her JustGiving page www.justgiving. com/fundraising/lesley-greenwood5