Ben's road race ambition is key to weight loss

Ben Grigg, 27, from Prudhoe, shed 14 stone.
Ben Grigg, 27, from Prudhoe, shed 14 stone.
26 June 2017 5:25PM

A PRUDHOE man is on track to fulfill his racing dream after shedding nearly 14 stone in 10 months.

In September last year, Ben Grigg tipped the scales at 33 stone, with a body mass index (BMI) of 62.

Now a healthier 19 stone 8.5 lbs, Ben is several steps closer to his aim of taking part in next year’s Blaydon Races.

Determined to reach a healthy weight, the 27-year-old embarked on a regime of healthy eating and regular exercise 10 months ago.

Ben, a parts adviser at Jennings Ford in Gateshead, said: “It’s a complete change of lifestyle and it was very hard adapting at first.

“You have to be 100 per cent focused, motivated and determined 24/7.”

Visiting the gym four times a week and switching to a healthy diet saw Ben lose a total of 13 stone and 8.5 lbs.

During his journey, Ben also took part in a weight loss competition organised by his employer, Jennings Motor Group.

He was one of eight participants to take part over a three month period.

And by losing five stone, Ben not only won the competition, but raised £365 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Ben is now on track to reach his target weight of 16 stone by the end of the year.

He said: “My ultimate aim is to be able to take part in the Blaydon Races next year. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do – and I’m determined I will do it with help and support from my mum, Norma; she’s been my inspiration and absolute rock throughout.”

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