Thanks to his hard work in the gym, he’s smashed his weight loss goal, dropping a stone and a half since he started serious training on Monday 4 January.
And last week he achieved another equally impressive target when he took part in one of the world’s most challenging half marathons at Death Valley in Nevada, raising £4,000 for the Nottinghamshire-based charity The Harley Jae Trust.
Sam was put through his paces in the gym twice a day by senior coach Irvine Taylor, following a high intensity programme which concentrated on altitude training and building up his cardio fitness levels ahead of the gruelling 13.1 mile run.
“Although I used to be a good runner at school, I’d never run this distance before,” said Sam. “I couldn’t have done it without the help and support of Irvine and the entire Suggy’s Gym team – it’s thanks to them that I hit my weight loss target in less than a month, improved my fitness levels and went out to Nevada fully prepared for the challenge.”
“Sam was determined to succeed, both in the gym and in the half marathon, and all his hard work certainly paid off,” said Irvine. “He smashed both of his goals but it doesn’t stop here – we’re looking forward to working with him on achieving his future targets.”
The Harley Jae Trust raises money for children with life-limiting and life-changing conditions and to support Nottingham’s Paediatric Critical Care Unit. In taking on the Death Valley run, Sam was following in the footsteps of Harley’s mother, Lucy Jayne Blanchard, one of four volunteers who trekked the Sahara Desert in support of the charity last year.
There’s still time to support Sam’s outstanding fundraising effort, through his Golden Giving page – click here to donate…