Fighting fit Adrian prepares to repeat marathon success

NEW GOAL: Adrian Stohr.
NEW GOAL: Adrian Stohr.
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A Sudbury father-of-three, who says running the London Marathon helped change his life, is to take on the famous road race once again.

Adrian Stohr, from The Hawthorns, was told he was morbidly obese and was in danger of having a heart attack, after his father died at the age of 58.

The realisation that his own life was being put at risk by his lifestyle gave Mr Stohr the motivation to shed eight stone in a year, and culminated in him completing the marathon in April in five hours and 16 minutes.

The 38-year-old is now preparing to return to the scene of his 26.2-mile triumph and will once again be running for Children with Cancer UK.

“I have been training really hard, doing lots of boxing and running,” said Mr Stohr.

“My aim is to knock an hour off last year’s time and that is what I am focusing on.”

Mr Stohr’s journey was so remarkable that he was filmed on the day by the BBC as one of the marathon’s inspiring stories.

He says this, along with the support of the crowd, helped him get through.

“Running the marathon has made me feel so much better in myself and my fitness means I can do more with the children,” he said. “It has taken years off me.”

To sponsor Mr Stohr, go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/adysjourney.