Corrie star John Thomson backs marathon runner who used to weigh 24 stones

Corrie star John Thomson backs marathon runner who used to weigh 24 stones

Corrie star John Thomson

Corrie star John Thomson

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

A CORONATION Street star has backed a former Bolton News journalist’s bid to lose half his body weight and run his first marathon in memory of his wife.

Dave Beevers, of Smithills, has already lost almost nine stones since January through training for the Rotterdam Marathon on April 13, the city where his wife Diane spent her childhood.

Actor John Thomson heard about 58-year-old Mr Beevers’s dramatic weight loss and wanted to show his support.

Ex-Corrie, Fast Show and Cold Feet star John said: “It’s amazing. I had never come across someone who’d lost that much weight in a year. He’s turned his life around and all for a great cause — it’s an incredible achievement.

“Diane would be so proud of what Dave has done. He’s well on course and he’ll be brilliant on the day. I’m behind him all the way to Rotterdam. It’s an inspiring story so please support his appeal in any way you can.”

A year ago, when Mr Beevers’ wife Diane — a former licensee of the old Sally Up Steps pub in Chorley Old Road — lost her six-year battle with breast cancer, Dave weighed a massive 24 stones.

He had not done any exercise for 40 years and struggled to get up a flight of stairs.
Now he has lost nearly nine stones, dropped five shirt sizes and lost eight inches off his waist in order to raise £100,000 for charity.

He also started an online fund-raising campaign called Running With Diane and writes a blog about his progress.

Mr Beevers, who lives in Woodburn Drive, Smithills said: “I am not a runner, never have been. But I have become passionate about it and the only reason I can think of is that Diane has decided I needed to make a difference.

"Every time I run, she runs with me. We have done everything together for over 20 years. Why should now be any different?

"Cancer's not beaten her. It took her body but it couldn't touch what made her special. We'll always have that. Especially when we're running together."

To donate to Dave’s appeal visit justgiving.com/runningwithdiane

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7:22am Sat 29 Mar 14

oftbewildered2 says...

go for it - only good can result from your efforts.
go for it - only good can result from your efforts. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 6

7:55am Sat 29 Mar 14

JustBecause says...

9 stones in 11 weeks........ Wow
9 stones in 11 weeks........ Wow JustBecause
  • Score: 5

12:57pm Sat 29 Mar 14

MrBenggo says...

It was ages ago that John Thomson was in Coronation Street,maybe he is down as a c.St. star so people will not be saying John who?
How long will it be before he loses his C.st star billing?
It was ages ago that John Thomson was in Coronation Street,maybe he is down as a c.St. star so people will not be saying John who? How long will it be before he loses his C.st star billing? MrBenggo
  • Score: 1

2:25pm Sat 29 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

JustBecause wrote:
9 stones in 11 weeks........ Wow
If it is from January 2014 then that is a grossly unhealthily large amount of weight to loose. I would hope it's from January 2013, if so the reporter should have made that clear.

Well done to him. He doesn't look the same bloke from his previous picture above. All the best for the forthcoming marathon. :-)
[quote][p][bold]JustBecause[/bold] wrote: 9 stones in 11 weeks........ Wow[/p][/quote]If it is from January 2014 then that is a grossly unhealthily large amount of weight to loose. I would hope it's from January 2013, if so the reporter should have made that clear. Well done to him. He doesn't look the same bloke from his previous picture above. All the best for the forthcoming marathon. :-) wsw69
  • Score: 2

9:05pm Sun 30 Mar 14

Rupert T Bear says...

JT will always be Fat Bob to me!
JT will always be Fat Bob to me! Rupert T Bear
  • Score: 2

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