Former Strongman to run the Wolds Way

By Sam Walker

A former Britain’s Strongest Man will this weekend complete the Wolds Way for two separate charities in a complete physical transformation.

Rob Dixon, 52, from Thixendale, will run the 79-mile trek from Hessle to Filey on Saturday 23rd July in aid of both Macmillan Cancer Support and Parkinson’s UK.

Rob was previously 19 stone when he won Britain’s Strongest Man back in 1997 before he competed in back-to-back World’s Strongest Man Championships in 2000 and 2001.

Now, he weighs just 12 stone after shedding plenty of muscle and regularly participates in 25-mile runs.

He told the Wolds Weekly how his alterations came about and how he has prepared for his sponsored run. “I’ve gone from one extreme to the other really so it’s been difficult to lose the weight as it’s not the same as just being overweight,” said Rob.

“I discovered snowboarding after retiring from Strongman and have now done that for 14 winters and the weight fell off me really as I wasn’t eating anywhere near as much.

“I met my wife, Carol, around five years ago when I was 14 and a half stone and she really got me into running and helped me shed the other two and a half.“

Since then, I’ve upped my running a lot and was going on 40-milers a day but found it was burning me out.

“I’ve been on an eight-week training programme to help me prepare for this run and in-creased my carbohydrates intake, too.

”During his challenge, Rob will be taking in 350 calories an hour of food on the run to ensure that he has enough energy to complete the Wolds Way.

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Rob was previously 19 stone when he won Britain’s Strongest Man back in 1997.

Carol will also be travelling in their Land Rover to meet him at certain checkpoints and supply him with the food. Rob added: “Carol is a great cook and has been making sure that I have been eating the right stuff for this run.

“I’ve been eating a lot of sushi and banana bread which is what I need.”

The Wolds Way is a 79-mile national trail that starts in Hessle, near the Humber Estuary, and finishes on the airy cliffs above Filey.

One of the hardest parts of this run will be at mile 43, where Rob will have to run past his very own doorstep in the beautiful and tranquil village of Thixendale.

He chose to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Parkinson’s UK as both are close to his heart.

“A dear friend of ours, Jo Ellerton, who was an amazing runner and never far from our thoughts, passed away after having cancer so I am running in memory of her,” said Rob.

“I also know someone suffering from Parkinson’s so it’s nice to support that charity as well.

“Everybody knows someone who has been effected by one of those two illnesses.”

To donate to Rob’s cause, visit his JustGiving page “Robbo’s Run” at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Robbo-dixon

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Rob tackles the gruelling terrain of the Yorkshire Wolds in preparation for his 79 mile challenge.

msh1628x180-2-2To donate to Rob’s cause, visit his JustGiving page “Robbo’s Run” at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Robbo-dixon

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