SUPER slimmer Darren ‘Dibsy’ McClintock went from fat boy to fit boy yesterday as he conquered the Great North Run.
Dieting Dibsy, 28, joined 57,000 other runners on the start line after shedding a colossal 20st in the last 10 months.
Dibsy completed the Great North Run in just two hours and 43 minutes[/caption]
McClintock appeared on This Morning last October weighing 40-stone[/caption]
And he stormed the world’s biggest half marathon in an impressive 2hr 43min – crossing the finishing line with a massive grin.
He was a little off the pace from winner Sir Mo Farah who celebrated a record sixth Great North Run with a personal best time of 59 minutes and seven seconds.
But Dibsy’s epic 13.1 mile run comes after he tipped the scales at staggering 40st 3lb and was banned from all local takeaways.
He finally turned his life around thanks to gym boss Mike Hind and last night vowed: “I’ll do that again – every single year.”
‘OVER THE MOON’
Dibsy, who once consumed 11,000 calories a day feasting on sausage sandwiches, pizzas and takeaway kebabs said: “I’m over the moon.
“I never thought I’d run it in 2hr 43min. It was so emotional around the course. The support was amazing.
“People were shouting to say they’d followed my journey and were cheering me on each step.
“I knew I’d finish it but I thought it would probably take me about four hours, so to do it in the time I did is just amazing.
“I’m not sure I’ll do a full marathon but I’ll be back to the Great North Run every year now. I loved it.”
Dibsy ditched the fizzy drinks and booze and swapped takeaways for a calorie-controlled diet and exercise after meeting Mike.
He is now down to 3,500 calories a day and burning 2,000 of those with his fitness regime.
Dibsy’s mentor Mike was delighted to see Dibsy conquer the run[/caption]
But he only discovered he was taking part in the Great North Run two weeks ago after a late entry.
He finished his training on Saturday night and celebrated with spaghetti bolognese, garlic bread and chips.
Dibsy added: “If someone told me last year I would be entering the Great North Run I would have thought they were crackers.
“I was at death’s door because of my lifestyle. I was a million miles away from doing a half-marathon.
“But I have got to the starting line thanks to hard work, determination and the support of an incredible group of people.
“Obesity is a major problem in the UK but I am living proof that it can be beaten. If I can do it, then anyone can.”
And the North East, where Dibsy lives, is one of the fattest regions in the country.
Dibsy’s mentor said: “His journey began in the North East so I thought it would be a good idea to finish here.
“He’s done brilliantly. I’m so proud of what he’s achieved.”
Dibsy and Mike managed to get last-minute entries thanks to local charity Boro Walkers and was treated to a hero’s welcome as he made his way to the finish.
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The celebrity pair pledged to contribute to the £15,000 he needs for an operation to remove 4st of excess skin
To contribute to Dibsy’s fund for his skin operation, go to crowdfunder.
Mike said: ‘I’m so proud of what he’s achieved’[/caption]
Dibsy burns 2,000 calories a day with his strict fitness regime[/caption]
The Great North run was won by Sir Mo Farah who completed it in 59min 6sec[/caption]
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