The Hartlepool runner who is half the man he used to be

WEIGHTLOSS: Andrew Maddison who is running the Sunderland Half Marathon for Hartlepool & District Hospice

WEIGHTLOSS: Andrew Maddison who is running the Sunderland Half Marathon for Hartlepool & District Hospice

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A RUNNER is set to follow his challenge to run a half marathon after a weightloss drive saw him lose six stone in a year.

Andrew Maddison has set himself the challenge of competing in the Sunderland Half Marathon on Sunday to raise funds for Hartlepool & District Hospice.

FUNDRAISER: Runner Andrew Maddison (36) who will be taking part in the Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon to help raise money for Hartlepool and District Hospice Picture: DAVID WOOD

FUNDRAISER: Runner Andrew Maddison (36) who will be taking part in the Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon to help raise money for Hartlepool and District Hospice Picture: DAVID WOOD

Last year, Andrew could not even walk fast and would not have considered running, but he decided to join a gym in a bid to transform himself.

Andrew joined Fit4less in Hartlepool last February, and within weeks he saw his weight drop and energy levels increase as he got stronger and fitter.

He is now six stone lighter and said he feels like a new man with so much energy, who is much healthier and happier in himself. Over the last few years his total weight loss has been an amazing 11 stone.

He said: “I am raising money for Hartlepool & District Hospice in loving memory of my two aunties, who we sadly lost to cancer.

“Hospices are very close my heart; Christine Garton passed away some four years ago and was cared for in Butterwick Hospice and most recently Barbara Buttery, who was cared for by Hartlepool & District Hospice.

“The love and care she received and the support for the family was excellent; the staff do a fantastic job and so I would like to show my support and gratitude by giving something back and to help others who will need their care in the future.”

Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “Andrew has lost an incredible amount of weight and I wish him the best of luck in the half marathon and I would like to congratulate him on what he has achieved so far.”

Anyone who wishes to sponsor Andrew can do so by going to his online fundraising page https://hartlepoolhospice-fundraiser.everydayhero.com/uk/andrew-maddison