Bexley woman loses a stone and prepares to run marathon

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 May 2014

Katie and Paul will run the marathon together for a cause close to their hearts. Picture: David Glendenning.

Katie and Paul will run the marathon together for a cause close to their hearts. Picture: David Glendenning.


After losing a stone in weight a young woman has signed up to run the 2015 London Marathon to ensure she keeps up the good work.

Katie Glendenning, 22, of Bexley, credits the support and encouragement of her boyfriend Paul Thornton with helping her slim down.

Katie explained that after meeting Paul, 29, in May last year she began to put on weight and he noticed that it was making her feel very uphappy with herself.

When she resolved to get herself back into shape by eating healthily, he encouraged and supported her every step of the way.

“Paul has always been there to support me through the tough stages of weight loss,” Katie said.

“Even though he thinks I don’t need to lose weight, he has been there to support me because he wants me to be comfortable and confident with myself.

“It got to the point where I needed someone to be strict with me.

“It’s like having a backbone when you’re feeling weak.”

Recently, Paul suggested that the pair enter next year’s London Marathon together.

“He said, ‘Why don’t we do it together so we can support each other and that will keep you motivated to stay on your healthy eating plan’,” Katie said.

Although she was initially unsure about the idea, Katie agreed and the couple have been accepted for the event and received their official confirmation.

The pair will run for a charity called Whizz-Kidz which helps disabled children.

This cause is very close to Katie’s heart because she has a 12-year-old cousin, Callum Branch, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

Last year, Katie and Paul did a skydive to raise money for Callum’s physiotherapy and Whizz-Kidz helps other children with similar conditions.

Katie explained: “We hoped to find one that did have a meaning behind it to us and as soon as we saw Whizz-Kidz, we said yes, that’s perfect.

“Callum did not use Whizz Kidz but my aunt has heard great things about the charity.

“Now we are running and raising money for it, we know there’s a meaning behind it [our marathon participation].”

Katie started training two weeks ago and is gradually gearing up to undertake the 26.2-mile run.

Katie’s training and journey through weight loss can be followed on Twitter at @KateGlendenning. To sponsor Katie and Paul visit

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