au mom

A story of an inspiring transformation born of persistence; Dave Bennett had hit a period in his life where he was eating his way towards his most unfit self until he made the decision that something had to change.

A decision which led him to transform his lifestyle, making him a much stronger and fitter version of himself. 

Let’s hear it from Dave. 

“6 years ago, at 37 years old, I was over 3.5 stone heavier and very unfit.  When my gym loving work colleagues asked me mockingly if I fancied joining them in a 10k I took them up on their offer. 

I went out that evening, ran a mile in a long time and coughed for even longer when I finished.  As hard as it was, 3 days later I went out and done the same again, and then repeated trying to progress in distance and speed each time. I realized after a few weeks that the aching was getting less and I was getting better. 

When the 10k came around 2 months later, when I crossed the line 1st out of our team, I had the biggest sense of pride and achievement.  From then on I was addicted.  

Keeping focused on my training, improvement and weight loss continued and highlights during the first year included taking my half marathon time down to well under 1:30 (1:26:46) in 7 months and running my first marathon in 2:53:40. 

Finishing the first marathon was quite an emotional experience knowing how far I had come since that first mile only 12 months back.

In the years that have followed, despite getting older I have continued to improve and have many highlights.  These include:

- Cheshire Runner of the Year for 2018 and 2019

- Silver medal for the Masters International Cross Country 2018 (part of the Welsh team)

- North Wales Male 10k Champion 2019

- North Wales Male Half Marathon 2019 Silver

- British Masters 10k Road Championship 2018 Silver

I'm also part of the North Wales Road running team.

Current PB's

5k 15:46

5m 26:14

10k 31:33

HM 70:25

M 2:43 

I haven't run a marathon since 2017 and hoped for a really good time in London this year, before it was cancelled.  I hope to improve all of the times above.”


Would you like to be featured in our Medals of The Month?

Our mission is to help celebrate wins and inspire many more, by hanging medals properly. 

Keep posting photos of your Medal Displays to our Facebook page for your chance to be featured and earn yourself a free Medal Display!

Plus, you never know who you might inspire!

We're super excited about this as we know that behind every collection of medals is an awesome story!

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published