Budleigh man who has shed seven stone completes London Marathon

A SUPER slimmer who shed nearly a third of his weight recently completed the London Marathon last weekend. Colin Hafner, of Bridge Road, Budleigh Salterton, finished the run in five hours 37 minutes. The 48-year-old, who used to weigh 23 stone, has lost 1

A SUPER slimmer who shed nearly a third of his weight recently completed the London Marathon last weekend.

Colin Hafner, of Bridge Road, Budleigh Salterton, finished the run in five hours 37 minutes.

The 48-year-old, who used to weigh 23 stone, has lost 10 inches from his waistline since deciding to get fit last year.

"It was an absolutely fantastic day and I plan on taking part again," he said.


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"My expected finish time was around five hours and I managed to achieve that so I was really pleased."

Mr Hafner has raised around �3400 so far for the Royal London and Barts Hospital through running the marathon.

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As well as taking part in the event again, he also plans on embarking on further challenges including the three-peak challenge.

Speaking about his weight loss, Mr Hafner said: "I lost the weight quite simply by moving more and eating less.

"I decided to get fit last January and thought at that point it was time for a life change. I didn't want to be fat at 50-years-old.

"I'm no expert in diets and keeping fit, but what's worked for me is basically having smaller portions on a smaller dinner plate.

"I've cut out dairy products and I don't drink alcohol to any measure. I have been eating mostly chicken and fish. I have always maintained that I've never been on a diet - it's a change of life thing.

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