A marketing executive who shed an incredible 13 stones has signed up to complete her first ever running race.
Claire Thompson will take part in the Sheffield Half Marathon’s 3K fun run in aid of Support Dogs.
The mum-of-two had gastric by-pass surgery in 2012 and must now stick to a strict diet and exercise regime to ensure she stays healthy.
The 3K fun run, which will take place before the main event this Sunday, is her first foray into an organised running event.
Claire, aged 35, of Norton, is raising funds for Support Dogs because it is one of the three charities of the year supported by her employer, Mercury Taxis.
Claire said: “This will be the first race I have ever run in and I admit to being a bit nervous, with everyone counting on me.
“Being a mum of two young children, I can see that this amazing charity brings families closer together and dramatically improves the children’s lives who suffer from epilepsy or are autistic.
“I am totally committed to doing all I can and next year plan to go even further, training for the half marathon in aid of another of our great charities of the year who train assistance dogs – Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.”
Mercury business development manager Peter Holmes said: “Everyone in the Mercury family – managers and colleagues alike – will be rooting for Claire as we are all so proud of her.
“As big animal lovers and committed sponsors of Support Dogs, we are encouraging our 400 drivers, suppliers and many thousands of clients to get behind her.”
Support Dogs is a charity which trains disability assistance dogs, including seizure alert dogs and medical assistance dogs.
* Sponsor Claire at Claire’s Sheffield half marathon 3k fun run page