THE RUNNERS WHO INSPIRED US
BIGGEST LOSER Taniko Gough Weight lost: 46kg (RW April 2018)
Not only is Taniko Gough the RW Run It Off Club’s biggest loser; her story also inspires us, because it has enough motivation for us to overcome just about any obstacle that stands in our way. In 2013, the 34-year-old from Kensington broke her back in a tragic cycling accident. The damage to her L2 and L3 vertebrae was so severe that she wasn’t able to walk around the supermarket, let alone exercise. Gough also has Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory bowel disease), which limits the amount of healthy eating you can do purely because you’re unable to digest food such as raw fruit and vegetables. It’s also an autoimmune disease, which means her body attacks itself. She lost her gall bladder in October 2016, and had to have open stomach surgery. And yet, just two weeks after her surgery, when she still had 30 staples in her stomach, she started walking on the treadmill. She ran her first 5K in January 2017. Gough describes every one of her races as a ‘massive achievement’ – and considering how far she’s had to come, we couldn’t agree more.
I RAN OFF 46KG