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Superslimmer couple who found love on the run enter jogscotland’s One Big Weekend

by Press Release
Tuesday 25th March 2014
 
 

Race feature: Superslimmer Owain Williams today signed up for all four of jogscotland’s One Big Weekend races

Superslimmer Owain Williams today signed up for all four of jogscotland’s One Big Weekend races

The 32-year-old, who at his heaviest weighed almost 19 stone, says training for four runs in four cities for one fabulous weekend will help keep him in shape. Now a trim 13 stone, the 6ft 1in website developer claims running has transformed his life. He was even on a run the first time he met his wife, Mandy - now she’s lost five stone too!

Owain, of Edinburgh, said: “Running has completely changed my life and there’s no chance I’d have met my wife without it. I was grumpy and miserable as sin when I was overweight. I had bad asthma as well. Now I’m fit the asthma has almost gone. I want to show that anything is possible.  I think jogscotland is brilliant. They’re all about inspiring people to get out there and enjoy being fit.”

Entries are open now for the jogscotland One Big Weekend races on August 2 and 3 2014 in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Aberdeen. The races are designed to give runners from more than 500 jogscotland running clubs across the country a chance to meet up. But the timed 5K runs are also open to non jogscotland members and anyone aged 11 or above.

Billy Mitchell, head of jogscotland, said: “Come join us for fitness and fun over one fabulous summer weekend. Just like our jog groups, the events are friendly and supportive. They’re a great chance to beat a personal best time, raise money for your favourite charity or simply enjoy crossing the line with friends. After last year’s success it’s fast becoming a permanent exciting addition to the Scottish running calendar.”

Owain made a New Year’s resolution at the start of 2008 to lose weight. Snacking on fast food had left him feeling fed up and exhausted. Owain said: “I’d go into shops, try clothes on and hate the way I looked in them. I was always tired and always getting colds. I’d made several attempts to lose weight and knew I had to do something about it. Running was the only thing that clicked.”

Superslimmer Owain Williams today signed up for all four of jogscotland’s One Big Weekend races

Desperate to boost his health, Owain started off walking before building up slowly to a run and by May 2008, was fit enough to run the Edinburgh Marathon in 4 hours and 50 minutes. Since then Owain has completed seven marathons, including a personal best time of just 2 hours and 58 minutes. He was on a lunchtime run across the Meadows in Scotland’s capital in 2009 with a pal when he was introduced to Mandy who was also out for a run.

Owain said: “We got chatting and both had an interest in running and getting fit. We both understood what it takes to go from being heavy to how we are now. We both know that if you believe you can lose weight then there’s actually nothing that can stop you.”

The couple who married last June are regulars at running events. Mandy, 35, plans to run the jogscotland One Big Weekend race in Edinburgh, then will drive hubby Owain to the other races in the series. Mandy who was 15 stone 6lb before she met Owain dropped to 10 stone 6lb and is now a keen member of the jogscotland group in Leith.

Entries cost £14.78 for jogscotland members and £16.78 for non jogscotland members.

To enter go to the jogscotland One Big Weekend website at www.jogscotlandonebigweekend.com. Discounts are available for jogscotland members.

Join the running chat on Facebook on www.facebook.com/jogscotlandonebigweekend

Entries open today for jogscotland One Big Weekend 2014

Photos: © Lesley Martin

The jogscotland One Big Weekend dates:

Aberdeen
Beach Esplanade, Aberdeen on
Saturday August 2, 2014
Starts at 10.30am with a warm up from 10.10am

Perth
George Duncan Athletics Arena, next to Perth Grammar School on
Saturday August 2, 2014
The 5K race around North Inch Park, Perth starts at 6.30pm with a warm up from 6.10pm

Glasgow
Bellahouston Park, Glasgow on
Sunday August 3, 2014
Starts at 10.30am with a warm up from 10.10am

Edinburgh
Cramond/ Silverknowes Promenade, Edinburgh on
Sunday August 3, 2014
Starts at 6.30pm with a warm up from 6.10pm

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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