AFTER two marriages and seven children, a local PE teacher thought he had suffered enough.
That was until he started training for this year’s London Marathon.
Geoff Wilkins felt it was time to tackle the gruelling 26-mile circuit so on Boxing Day last year his preparations began.
“If I can do it anybody can,” he said after admitting he was some four-stone overweight.
“I’m not an exercise man – I haven’t been for years.
“I also smoke 30 cigarettes-a-day so it will be tough but that isn’t going to stop me.”
Things started badly for the 42-year-old when he pulled his quad early in his training But the Shirley resident is now fully up and running, and enjoying his task ahead.
Stratford Road-based Birmingham Runner has supported Geoff in his tracks so far as he aims to raise £2000 for the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton - who have given him his entry to the event on April 26.
All money raised will go towards the hard-working hospice which cared for Geoff’s father when he lost his sight a few years ago.