A DROITWICH pensioner who was unable to run more than ten yards in March will be lining up for the Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday, October 15.
Retired Colin Barrett fund-raiser completely changed his diet to a more nutritious one and after just four months felt confident enough to start jogging very short distances.
By taking on Sunday’s challenge he is hoping to raise £12,500 for Little Hearts Matter, a charity which helped his family when his second grandson was born with half a heart.
Despite Colin helping raise £4million for three local charities including Acorns Children’s Hospice during his career, he told The Standard this would be his biggest challenge yet.
The 73-year-old said: “I estimate it will take me three and a half hours to struggle around the course but it will be worth it if I am able to raise substantial funds for Little Hearts Matter, a wonderful charity that supports families of children born with only half a heart.
“When our second grandson was found to have this condition it completely devastated the entire family.
“Fortunately we were introduced to the charity which has provided magnificent support to us over the last 13 years.
“As it receives no Government funding it relies on families to raise the funds to keep the charity afloat.”
Colin’s training schedule has involved running every other day and attending two FitCamps each week, one of which he set up with daughter Sally at Chawson School.
“I was very unhappy being obese, which led to sluggishness, lethargy and falling asleep regularly whilst watching television.
“Fortunately I have been able to turn my life around completely thanks to the nutrition programme that my daughter introduced me to.”
The run will be a family affair too as daughter Sally will be running alongside Colin.
Colin hopes local businesses will support his campaign as well as the local community.
Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ColinBarrett2 or call him on 07568 159667 to donate.