From fat – to fit

AT the beginning of this year Georgie Dutton struggled to jog even 30 yards, yet next month the mother-of-two will run five kilometres in the London HydroActive Women s Challenge. Georgie, 32, of Canterbury Way, Stevenage, has shed nearly four-and-a-ha

AT the beginning of this year Georgie Dutton struggled to jog even 30 yards, yet next month the mother-of-two will run five kilometres in the London HydroActive Women's Challenge.

Georgie, 32, of Canterbury Way, Stevenage, has shed nearly four-and-a-half stone on the Slimmers' World plan and started running to aid her weight loss.

"I was having difficulty getting around, and after seeing a picture of myself I was shocked into doing something about my weight," she said.

The HydroActive Challenge, a women-only event held in London's Hyde Park on September 3, has been Georgie's goal since she began running two months ago.


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She said: "I haven't been training for long, and I thought it would be better to start off on a shorter distance. The HydroActive run suits me because it's accessible and only five kilometres."

The HydroActive Challenge, which is also taking place in Liverpool and Birmingham, allows participants to donate money to a chosen charity. As an asthma sufferer herself, Georgie wanted to support Asthma UK.

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"I've had asthma all my life and after looking at the statistics on the Asthma UK website I was shocked by how many people suffer from it," she said.

It is estimated that one in five households in the UK have at least one person with asthma. Asthma UK funds research into helping sufferers live with and understand the disease.

From only being able to run for less than a minute, Georgie is confident that next month will be the start of her competitive running: "I have reached my ideal weight, but I would like to improve my fitness to be able to run for an hour, and perhaps participate in some of the 10 kilometre events in the area.

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