Slimmers put their best foot forward to raise cash for Cancer Research UK.
Slimming World members from Killingworth, Forest Hall and West Moor raised more than £200 with their own Slimming World does Race for Life.
Joined by family and friends, they laced up their trainers and walked around Killingworth Lake.
The event aimed to raise awareness of how keeping a healthy weight can improve health, including reducing the risk of developing 10 types of cancer, and raise vital funds for Cancer Research UK.
Rachel Falcus, who runs the Killingworth Slimming World groups, said: “It was a fantastic event – the atmosphere was electric. Everyone was so supportive of each other, just as they are whenever my group gets together, and we saw young, old, male and female participants enter, all with a broad range of abilities and fitness levels.”
She added: “I’m so pleased with how much we raised for Cancer Research UK and I think the event showed people just how motivating being part of a Slimming World group like ours can be. Many of my members wouldn’t have dreamed of even wearing a pair of trainers before they lost weight, and now look at them!
“It’s all thanks to the amazing support they give each other in group that has helped them to lose weight by eating more healthily and build their confidence and find more energy to move more each day. Now they’re all fantastic role models to their friends and families.”
John Allcroft, a member who has lost two-and-a-half stone since April, said: “It’s a cause very close to my heart and it was really important that I crossed that finish line, however long it took me. I used be so daunted just by the thought of exercise – I’d hated it since my school days.
“With Slimming World’s Body Magic programme, I learnt that the key is to start small and find something that you enjoy doing, and I’ve found that’s the best way to keep active and lose weight at the same time as feeling absolutely fantastic.
“There’s no rule that says being active has to involve a gym or running shorts – walking to collect the kids from school, gardening or hitting the dance floor on a night out is enough. What’s important is that you do something almost every day. I definitely wouldn’t have done something like this before I found Slimming World. Since losing weight though, I’m feeling much healthier, happier and more confident – I’m so proud of myself and I know my fellow group members, friends and family are too.”