Scott’s got fitness bug

SUPER slimmer Scott Rush has hailed a Hartlepool Mail fitness campaign after revealing his own efforts to get in shape.

The 38-year-old has shed four stone from his 18 stone starting weight in just nine months.

Now, he’s urging other people to follow his example and back the Mail’s Race For Fitness drive.

He said: “I was eating the wrong things at the wrong time and the weight just crept up.”

But thanks to a regime of circuits, spinning classes and regular three-times-a-week visits to Brierton Sports Centre, he is now down to 13st 7lbs, and admits: “I have so much more energy and I am a lot fitter.”

Scott, from the Bishop Cuthbert area of Hartlepool, works as a shift supervisor for Conoco Phillips and is married to Clare Rush, 38, an operations manager for Balfour Beatty.

The couple have a nine-year-old daughter Maddie and Mark says his new-found fitness has all happened within nine months.

“At first, I started on a weight loss challenge and went to the gym at the same time.

“It made an unbelievable difference but none of my clothes fit any more! I wouldn’t say my health got that bad but I was overweight. Plus, I was approaching 40 and decided I needed to get some weight off.”

Scott has now called on other people to support the Mail’s Race For Fitness fight, saying: “There are so many unhealthy people out there and they need to do something about it.

“It is important to keep in shape.”

We want to hear from at least 2,012 people in Hartlepool and east Durham who plan to spend this year improving their health.

Whatever your story, we want to hear it between now and the moment the Olympic flame is lit on July 27.

The Mail has launched the campaign because statistics show Hartlepool has a shocking heart disease record. More than 100 people are still dying of heart disease in Hartlepool each year, British Heart Foundation figures have shown.

One in five of Hartlepool’s population still smokes and the North-East has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in England with 2,406 admissions in 2009-10, NHS Information Centre figures show.

We would love to hear from more people getting themselves into shape.

Contact Chris Cordner by writing to him at New Clarence House, Wesley Square, Hartlepool, TS24 8BX, via email to or by calling (01429) 239377.