A woman from Abbots Langley who lost seven stone doing parkruns is getting ready to run the London Marathon.
Bryony Walsh, 31, who grew up in Croxley and has lived in Abbots Langley for the past year, works for Rentokil in their pest control department.
When Bryony was 25, her dad convinced her at a parkrun. Bryony was a keen swimmer in her adolescence and says that retaining the ‘swimmer’s diet’ whilst stopping swimming in adulthood had left her overweight.
Her first parkrun took just under 38 minutes and was tough going, but Bryony quickly became obsessed with beating her time and increasing her fitness:
She said: “The thing with running is that you notice the improvements very quickly. Weight just started dropping off me. In the space of a year or so, I lost seven stone.”
It now takes Bryony 24 minutes to run a 5km and her personal best was a rapid 22.44 at Rickmansworth parkrun last year.
After mastering parkrun, Bryony completed a 10km followed by a half marathon and the Brighton Marathon in April of this year. Now, she is set to tackle the London Marathon on April 21, 2024, to raise funds for the Red Cross. So far, she has raised £1,100.
She said: “I wanted to raise funds for charity who help people both in the UK and abroad, which is exactly what the Red Cross do.”
If you would like to donate, you can do so by visiting Bryony’s JustGiving page at bitly.ws/V7M5