Hairdresser Sophie James loses seven stone and becomes champion runner

Super slimmer Sophie sheds seven stone

Super slimmer Sophie sheds seven stone

First published in News

EIGHTEEN months ago Sophie James would have laughed at the suggestion she could complete a half-marathon.

The hairdresser from Landford weighed 17 stone and was considered morbidly obese.

But in the space of a year the 20- year-old lost SEVEN stone, dropped several jeans sizes – and become the first woman to cross the finishing line at the Salisbury half-marathon in her first race.

Sophie had spent her teenage years crying because she couldn’t control her weight but she turned her life around after attending a Weight Watchers course. She then began going to the gym five times a week.

Sophie, who works at Elegance Hairdressing in Totton, completed the 13-mile race in one hour, 38 minutes.

 

“When I first started running I thought I would just go out for a jog. I carried on and my boyfriend persuaded me not to give it up.

“I was completely shocked, overwhelmed dizzy and knackered when I finished the half-marathon. I cried with emotion,” she said.

“I don’t think it had sunk in until the next day that I had won it.”

Sophie now fits into size eight jeans, but there was a time when she would struggle to fit into anything smaller than a size 18.

“It has changed my life around. I was morbidly obese, I was at risk of heart disease and diabetes.

"I always was a big girl ever since I was 11 years old but I always wanted to lose weight.

"I’d go into shops and be upset because I could never find clothes to fit me.”

Electrician Ben Gater has been going out with Sophie since she was 17 and said he is proud of her.

“I’ve always said that losing weight is for herself and not for anyone else, but then she started going on the treadmill and said she really enjoyed it so I suggested she take part in the Salisbury half-marathon.

“I was as pleased as punch when I saw her crossing the finishing line. I would be proud of her just to finish it but the fact that she was the fastest woman there, it was a very proud moment.”

Sophie will be taking her new love for sport further and hopes to join a running club.

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8:19am Sun 11 Nov 12

mansak_hunt says...

WELL DONE you look great for all the weight you have lost
WELL DONE you look great for all the weight you have lost mansak_hunt
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9:39am Sun 11 Nov 12

bazzeroz says...

Good for you and, your heart!
Good for you and, your heart! bazzeroz
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12:36pm Sun 11 Nov 12

saintinpattaya says...

Well done Sophie. You are an inspiration to all the overweight. It can be done, and quickly if you are determined enough.
Well done Sophie. You are an inspiration to all the overweight. It can be done, and quickly if you are determined enough. saintinpattaya
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6:46am Mon 12 Nov 12

aldermoorboy says...

Well done, I hope others follow your example.
Well done, I hope others follow your example. aldermoorboy
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