These broth­ers lost 20st and now run marathons for char­ity

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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.justgiv­ fundrais­ing/Ken­naBrothers

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