A slim­mer Big Ben clocks in re­spectably

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JEN­NIFER LIP­MAN

BEN KAYE would have had a fat chance of com­plet­ing a marathon when he weighed more than 32 stone. So fin­ish­ing Sun­day’s race in four hours 37 min­utes was par­tic­u­larly sat­is­fy­ing for the slimmed-down 34-year-old.

Mr Kaye — who grew up in Maida Vale but has re­lo­cated to Van­cou­ver — had his stom­ach sta­pled in 2002. Within a year he had lost half his body weight. In 2009, he de­cided to get fit.

Cana­dian col­leagues per­suaded him t o en­ter a 10km fun run and the ex­pe­ri­ence sparked a pas­sion for run­ning.

“One day I de­cided to see what would hap­pen if I con­tin­ued run­ning,” he said. “I man­aged a half-marathon with­out any train­ing. I was elated.”

His London run earned £4,500 for the Nightingale home in Clapham, where both his grand­moth­ers were cared for.

“It is a vi­brant, warm and sunny place with beam­ing smil­ing faces all around,” he said. “The amaz­ing staff work tire­lessly so that peo­ple can live the last days of their lives with dig­nity, while en­joy­ing them­selves and retaining their in­de­pen­dence as much as pos­si­ble.

“I’m still a big boy — 89kg [14 stone] — so there was a lot of me to get around the course.”

A l t h o u g h h e h a d en­joyed t he e x pe­ri­ence, he does not plan to re­peat it. “This was a ‘bucket list’ event.”

Nightingale sup­porter Ben Kaye

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