A mum-of-three who shed more than six stone in weight is preparing to take on her first 10k run.
Laura Pickard-Hill, aged 31, from Meadowbank, Rotherham, will be joining thousands of people at the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield city centre, on Sunday, September 27.
The young mum is celebrating after dropping three dress sizes and managing a condition that has plagued her for many years.
Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2009, after suffering from stomach pains for many years, she has decided to raise money for Crohn’s and Colitis UK, to help other people suffering from the condition.
Laura said: “It got to the point where I couldn’t take the pain any longer, and when I was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s I needed to have 30cm of bowel removed.
“My eldest child was just six months old at the time. It was a huge shock for the whole family.”
When her youngest child was born last December, Laura decided to lose weight, and running helped her.
She said: “At a size 24 and weighing 22 stone, I never used to leave the house. I started running in the dark so that nobody would see me, and put myself on a strict diet.
“Since I started running I feel the best I’ve ever felt. The Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run will be my first run and I can’t wait.”
The Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run takes place in Sheffield city centre and features a 10k, junior and mini events for all abilities.
To sponsor Laura go to www.justgiving.com/lpickardhill