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Clacton: Woman who was told she was too fat for rides at Thorpe Park has lost 10st and is now set to run the London Marathon

18:12 27 March 2014

Laura Gibbs, who is running the London Marathon in 2014 after losing 11 stone in weight in two years. Here she is pictured as she was in summer 2011 at Thorpe Park with her nephew Charlie Gibbs (aged 14 at the time)

Laura Gibbs, who is running the London Marathon in 2014 after losing 11 stone in weight in two years. Here she is pictured as she was in summer 2011 at Thorpe Park with her nephew Charlie Gibbs (aged 14 at the time)

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A chef who lost 11 stone in two years is set to run the London Marathon.

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Laura Gibbs, who works at the Mistley Thorn restaurant, was inspired to get fit and lose weight after a trip to a theme park.

During the visit to Thorpe Park in the summer of 2011 Miss Gibbs, who weighed 24st 11lb, was unable to go on rides with her nephew Charlie because of her size.

She pledged to lose weight in time for a trip the following year and began going to the gym in March 2012.

Two years on Miss Gibbs, of Branston Road, Clacton, has slimmed down to 14st and is ready to take on her biggest challenge yet.

The 25-year-old will run the 26-mile London course on Sunday, April 13 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care, in memory of her nan, Rose, who died when Miss Gibbs was very young. She has already raised almost £1,000.

The chef said: “I promised Charlie, who was 14 at the time, I would take him but it got to March and I hadn’t done anything so I started going to the gym between three and six times a week.

“I even went every day for a while which was too much, but you make friends at the gym and it becomes your social life too.

“I really got the bug for it, it was relaxing for me when there was so much going on in my personal life.”

Miss Gibbs has already taken on a series of challenges, including the Clacton Triathlon and the Race for Life, but has now focused on her first marathon – which she will run wearing a bright green tutu.

She does training runs of up to 13 miles in between her lunch and dinner shifts at the restaurant.

“I’ve got to fit it in somewhere, and everyone at work thinks I’m crazy but are very supportive,” she said.

“Doing runs between shifts gives me an incentive to post a good time because I’ve got to get back to work.

“I want to get under five hours on the day, that’s my aim.”

Miss Gibbs puts her determination down to the support she has received from her parents and family, plus her gym instructor Amanda.

To sponsor Laura visit her sponsorship page.

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  • Really well done Laura what a great example to set.

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    John W

    Thursday, March 27, 2014

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