Seven years ago Chris Fulcher went on a mission to lose many of his 252Ibs. At age 44, having trained for and ran 15 marathons, Chris now weighs in at 141Ibs and has earned himself International honours, running for Wales.
After hearing Chris’s inspiring story during an interview with the ‘Marathon Talk Podcast’, I decided it would be great to bring him to the attention of my readers too! You can also follow his progress through his Twitter feed.
When did you start running and did you have any particular reasons for starting?
I started in 2006 because I needed to lose weight and after falling off my bike, breaking my wrist and hand, I had no choice but to start running. Back then I thought runners were nutters!
If you could run with and/or race anyone, anywhere who would it be and where? Over what distance and on which surface?
I’d love to race against Steve Jones in the London Marathon and also the great Haile Gebrselassie.
Running wise, who do you look up to and who has inspired you?
My inspirations are my running partner and coach Steve Rees and a local runner Martin Rees who is 59 and started running like me when he was 38. He has broken loads of World Records over the years and in October 2012, at age 59, he broke the Half Marathon record in Cardiff for his age category.
What are your favourite training conditions and are they the same as your favourite racing conditions?
My favourite racing conditions are warm and dry. I don’t mind the heat too much but I’m not too fussed to start running when it’s raining! But if it starts raining when I’m out I don’t mind that too much.
What is your fondest memory of running and, conversely, your worst?
My favourite running memory is crossing the finish line in the Abingdon Marathon and the clock saying 2:48:42 when I was going for 2:55. The worst time was during the London Marathon when my stomach went and I struggled to carry on with it. At mile 22 I had to stop in a portaloo and came out to see a man dressed as a fairy run past me – my race was over!
Where do you see yourself in six years?
In six years time I hope to see myself in a place that I can look back at and be proud of what I have achieved as opposed to now, when I look back at my past now and see what I have wasted!