Britain’s most loved courier will make his most challenging delivery to date when he travels 26.2 miles on foot.
Chris Ward, who runs CW Courier Services – which was last year voted the UK’s most loved courier service as part of the bestof franchises’ 14 Days Of Love camptain – will run the London Marathon on April 23 in a bid to raise £2,500 for Children With Cancer UK.
The 25 year old has already lost more than five stone since his training regime began last September, and he has so far raised around £1,600.
As he prepares for his first marathon he has dropped from weighing 20 stone eight pounds to being 16 st nine lb.
“When I started training I couldn’t run half a mile – it was a complete change for me,” said Chris, from Sible Hedingham.
“It seemed undoable at the start.
“I entered because I have always wanted to do it and it’s a great way to get fit, lose weight and raise money for charity along the way.
“It’s my first marathon and I’ve never had much opportunity to do exercise during the day because of driving for the last two years, so the weight had really piled on.
“I thought ‘right, time to change and do something’ because when you see the weight you’ve put on it’s scary sometimes.”
Chris – who is a member of business networking group thebestofhaverhill through his courier firm – was not living an active lifestyle before he began training for the run through the capital.
“I was never a runner before – I used to be quite active as I was in the building trade for six years, but then I started driving and you’d just pop into McDonald’s for lunch and be tired when you finish, so this was a good way for me to get active again and be motivated to do so.”
Now he is hoping to complete the race in under five hours. Chris chose his charity due to a desire to help children and youngsters in need.
“I always think children’s charities are good to do,” he said.
“I had a friend who lost her 14 year old daughter to cancer and I have seen what it does to families, it really puts the strain on them, and if I can help just one family avoid that or help them to get through it then it will all be worth it.
“Also children are helpless and don’t have much of a say in the world so it’s nice to help them.”
Chris has been supported throughout his training by girlfriend Clare Batt, 29, from Braintree.
To sponsor Chris, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Wardy1.
He is taking pledges as well as donations.
Follow his progress on Twitter @RunningWardy
For all the latest news see Thursday’s (February 28) Echo.