Biggest Loser takes on Sunderland City 10k run

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BIGGEST Loser winner Kevin McLernon is ready for his next challenge.

The weight-loss champ is planning to take part in the Sunderland City 10k on May 6, as part of his ongoing battle to lose weight and keep it off.

Biggest loser competition winner Kevin McLernon in training for the Sunderland 10k race

Biggest loser competition winner Kevin McLernon in training for the Sunderland 10k race

The Seaburn 38-year-old was the heaviest contender to ever enter ITV’s The Biggest Loser, weighing 32st 2lb, finishing the competition at 19st 4lb.

Kevin has kept up his weight loss and is marking his success by taking on new challenges he would never have been able to do before.

“I know that I am not going to win this,” he said. “But I think it is one of those things where it is the taking part that counts.

“When I entered the Biggest Loser I really wanted to win, but with the Sunderland City 10k I am just so pleased to be able to take part in it.

“Before losing weight I would never been able to walk six miles, never mind run.”

He added: “I would just like to not come last being chased by the roadsweepers, and I’m hoping for a decent time.

“This will be a challenge to me right now, but I will look back and think I can’t believe it took me that long to run six miles.”

Kevin will be taking part in the race alone, but partner Joanne Chard, 35, is helping him train.

“I am taking part in the run to raise money for charity,” he said.

“But I’m still deciding on what charity to raise the money for because I have a few in mind.

“There are other challenges that I want to complete in the next three months, like the three peaks and the Great North Run.

“I am also setting myself a goal between now and my 40th birthday, which is in July next year, to raise £10,000 for different charities.

“I am constantly setting myself new challenges.

“I used to do it all of the time, but never stuck to them because I never told anyone about them.

“Now I tell people so I have to do it because I will be letting others down and not just myself.

“For me, doing these challenges is about marking the change in myself.

“It is about doing things that I never thought would be possible because of my weight.”

Anyone who wants to take part in the event can sign up at www.sunderlandcity10k.com/registration.

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