From weighing in at 17st 6lbs and doing barely any exercise a little over two years ago, Steve Rulton is now looking to take on ten marathons in ten days for charity.
The father of three, aged 54, from Minsmere Way in Great Cornard, seems to have found his passion in running and has progressed in a remarkably short space of time.
And Steve is now going to extremes by taking on the Great Barrow ‘10 in 10’ which will see him do 10 marathons in as many days - a total of 262 miles.
He said: “It has been a massive change in lifestyle.
“If three years ago you would have said I would be doing this I would have just laughed.”
He said he had a few injuries starting out.
“I thought you just bought a pair of shoes and set off, but that’s not really how it works,” he said.
“I’m a fairly big guy. I used to be 17-and-a-half stone when I started. I’ve now lost a stone and a half.”
He is a member of the Sudbury Joggers and first started running a little under three years ago, initially at the gym, in support of his wife Tracey who was wanting to get more active.
Steve, who is a waste controller with Haverhill-based pharmaceuticals firm Sanofi, said: “I ended up getting the running bug. I thought, ‘I quite enjoy this running business’.
“One chap last year did a 10 in 10 and I thought I would give it a go and do it for a couple of charities.”
His first chosen charity is Cancer Research UK. Steve said he has lost some family members to the disease and one of his running club friends currently has kidney cancer.
He is also choosing the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) charity, which responds to serious incidents like road accidents, with doctors and paramedics who are all unpaid volunteers, assisting the ambulance service.
The 10 in 10 challenge at the village, near Bury St Edmunds, will be a big step up in challenge for Steve, but he has already done an ultra marathon this year, the Peddars Way Ultra. He completed the 48 mile challenge in 10 hours 33 minutes, which he said was a good time.
“I wanted a bit more of a challenge. I can’t explain it. Two-and-a-half years ago I never did hardly anything at all,” said Steve, on the challenge, which is from June 23 to July 2.
The 10 in 10 is expected to be so tough, he will be unable to drive himself to and from the venue each day.
His weekly training routine involves about 30 miles per week, including a long run at the weekends.
To contribute to Steve’s fundraising visit localgiving.org/fundraising/srulton10in10challenge.