Marathon effort worth the weight

Gary Wilmot lost 30kg and completed a marathon after embracing running. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d415975
Gary Wilmot lost 30kg and completed a marathon after embracing running. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d415975

The then-web developer’s sense of immortality, he said, was fading fast.

‘I was a few years off being another heart attack statistic,’ Mr Wilmot said.

He spoke to a personal trainer and in January 2012, set himself an ambitious goal ” to run a 42km marathon.

Before lacing up his sneakers his first step was to start his own website and blog, No More Mr Fat Guy. Followers watched as he quit soft drinks, changed his diet and started the humble training regime of a 20-minute dog walk each morning.

In February 2012, he joined Jetts gym in Canning Vale and began going five days a week. Slowly, he introduced jogging, then, bursts of running.

That August, he signed up for a 10km fun-run, convinced he would embarrass himself, but to his surprise, he completed it.

This encouraged him to keep training until May 2013, when he attempted a half-marathon that ‘completely shattered’ him.

‘I had no idea how I was going to do the Perth Marathon, which I’d signed up for the next month,’ he said.

Mr Wilmot did the marathon, but it took nearly seven hours.

‘I came last, but it was incredible, one of the key moments of my life,’ he said.

‘I’d achieved my goal, but I realised I loved running and what it did for me, for my ability to plan and set goals. I was suddenly this fit, healthy person with a zest for life.’

Mr Wilmot will represent the Heart Foundation at the London Marathon on April 13.

He will do the HBF Run for a Reason in May, Perth Marathon in June, Gold Coast Marathon in July and City to Surf in August, and plans to run from Perth to Brisbane next year.

Mr Wilmot said his online community helped him lose 30kg, as they monitored his online food and exercise diaries.

‘There was massive accountability,’ he said. ‘It helped to think, how will I explain this extra half hour in bed or that I ate this extra cupcake?

‘It also helps to see your progress in words and pictures. Day by day, you don’t see much change, but in a year you can see that your life is now different and now people tell me that I have inspired them.’

– Mr Wilmot has raised $2000 of his $10,000 London Marathon target for the Heart Foundation. Visit nomoremrfatguy.com.au for more information.