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Running five stone lighter

An over-weight Croydon resident who nine months ago could not even run ten yards, is preparing to complete 10km in the British Golden Jubilee open road race next week.

The Argus: When South Croydons Richie Dayo Johnson runs the Jubilee 10k next week, it will mark a remarkable turn around in his fitness. When South Croydons Richie Dayo Johnson runs the Jubilee 10k next week, it will mark a remarkable turn around in his fitness.

Richie Dayo Johnson, 42, from South Croydon will be taking part in the British Golden Jubilee 10k Open Road Race in London on Sunday, July 21, to raise money for the Disabled Living Foundation (DLF).

Public relations worker Richie had already started running to get fit and shed some of his 21 stone weight when he read about the British Golden race. Training up to four times a week has seen him lose an incredible five and a half stone so far.

He said: " I decided to enter because I felt that 10k was a goal that I could aim for and by running for the Disabled Living Foundation I would be helping a

worthy cause in the process."

Richie is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds in sponsorship for the DLF, a registered charity whose vision is to see disabled people enjoy greater independence, freedom and choice.

The DLF still has some entry places left for the race, which will pass many of London's landmarks including Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge before finishing opposite the London Eye.

Each entry needs to raise £250 sponsorship for the DLF. For further information call 020 7432 8008 or to sponsor Richie call 07984 165 434.



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