These brothers lost 20st and now run marathons for charity
How two brothers took on the trails and lost 20st
T hree words to describe your brother? Ian Kenna says: Inspirational, focused, determined.
Mark Kenna says: Inspirational, determined, beast! How has training together helped you individually?
IK Mark is an incredibly inspirational person and brother, and when I’m training without him I feel like I’ve lost a limb. Training together has helped me become a better runner, a better person and to develop a better lifestyle.
MK We always make time to train, whatever the weather, whatever the occasion. Ian allows me to take a step back and analyse what we’re doing right and how we can improve. We’ve given each other lots of support, through good times and bad.
Best thing about trail running?
IK The beautiful routes, difficult terrains and the challenges. Not knowing what’s around each corner, under each step. Seeing views of Bristol I’d never seen in 34 years of living here was a particular highlight of mine whilst doing The Green Man training route. It was priceless.
MK The locations. Just slowing the pace down a little really helps to make running much more enjoyable. I’m very close to The Ridgeway, which has 22 local trails. We’ll pick a route, print off the map and instructions, drive to the start point and explore. What a great way to train!
How has losing weight made a difference to your life?
IK Being able to do the things in life that really matter. Playing with my children, having the energy to take trips to the park and do what a ‘normal’ father would do has been the main difference.
MK It’s helped with my work and given me the confidence to start my own company. I have also started a WhatsApp group and we all nudge each other daily and have a few timed exercises that are always good for some healthy banter and competition. This 20-minute daily workout can be super-motivating.
Advice to anyone re-evaluating their lifestyle?
IK Don’t re-evaluate it – just go out and achieve your goals. It’s the best thing I ever did with my life. Think of the reasons why – mine were for my children; to see them grow up, grow old and enjoy their families. Set an overall aim, no matter how unrealistic, and then set smaller goals to smash along the way.
MK I’m now much more positive in my attitude to fitness, work and life in general. It takes time to achieve goals, so be careful which you pick and try to make sure they complement each other. Acknowledge that you cannot do everything. I now try to break goals down into 15-week blocks – so four goals a year – which all work towards a bigger, yearly goal.
What was your first event?
IK Bristol 10k in March 2014 – I was absolutely terrified at the prospect. I felt elation, exhaustion, pride and determination, too. The joy of crossing a finish line hasn’t changed. In fact, it gets more emotional as the events get bigger and bigger.
MK My first Tough Mudder was amazing! Tough and muddy, so it didn’t disappoint. The fact I’d lost 70lb from 4 January to 18 August 2014 is proof that a great event is the perfect motivator. I was never going to give up, especially after everything I had been through. I was hooked.
Who is the better runner?
IK I’d say due to my younger age (well, Mark would say that) I am the more established runner at this point.
MK I’m a little older and, therefore, a little wiser, which I like to take comfort in. But if it’s speed you’re after, then Ian is your man for now – like I said, he’s a beast! Support Ian and Mark via their JustGiving page for Cancer Research https://www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/KennaBrothers