Meet the former ‘couch potato’ who started running and dropped 40lbs – now he’s taking on marathons! – Stoke-on-Trent Live

Meet the former ‘couch potato’ who started running and dropped 40lbs – now he’s taking on marathons!  Stoke-on-Trent Live

When self-confessed ‘couch potato’ Trevor Hoyle was invited to join a team of charity runners at the 2019 London Marathon, he hadn’t run a single mile in his life.

He gave himself 10 weeks to train, armed with only a fresh pair of trainers and a positive attitude.

The 59-year-old, from Baldwins Gate, admits to having done little to no exercise before his first big run. From his very first marathon until now he has lost 40lbs, thanks to a rigorous training regime and diet changes.

Now Trevor has taken on another major long-distance run, and re-imagined his home town as Boston, to virtually take on the American city’s famous marathon. He completed the run in under six hours – and has so far raised £6,400 for the 26.2 Foundation.

And if that wasn’t enough, he now wants to complete four more. 

Trevor with his pacemakers on the day of his virtual Boston Marathon (Image: Trevor Hoyle)

Trevor – who works in logistics as a senior vice-president for FedEx Express – is gearing up to take on the so-called ‘big six’ challenge, which challenges runners to complete all six of the world’s most famous marathons – London, New York, Boston, Tokyo Chicago and Berlin.

With London and Boston under his belt, and his places confirmed for Tokyo and New York next year, he is well on his way to making his dream a reality.  

Trevor said: “At the start, I was a complete non-runner, a real couch potato, and didn’t really do any exercise at all. When I started my initial training, I was too embarrassed to go out and run around, so I started in my garden.

“Luckily, my garden is quite large, so I was able to run around there until I built up the confidence to go out onto the roads.”

Trevor spent 10 weeks training for the London Marathon, undergoing several practice runs before taking on the real thing last summer. After completing what was one of the biggest challenges he’d ever taken on, he met a colleague who was taking her marathon running to the next level.

Trevor added: “She told me that she was going to be running the big six marathons across the world. It really inspired me and I decided that I wanted to do it too, so I started to tell people. Once you make it public, you are committed to it, so there was no going back.

“I originally wanted to complete the challenge within three years, but the pandemic has pushed this back. Sadly, the marathons that I was supposed to run this year – Tokyo in March and New York in November – have been postponed until next year.

“But for the Boston marathon, which I was due to run in April, runners were instead invited to run the 26.2 miles virtually around their home town.”

On Saturday, after training throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Trevor laced up his trainers once again and ran along the A53 and A51 – but in his mind, it was Boston!

He was joined by friends from his marathon group, who each did a lap to act as a pacemaker and provide support.

He completed the marathon in five hours, 53 minutes and 32 seconds – matching his London time almost exactly.

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“You run a marathon in your mind really and your body follows. It’s all about mindset. But it’s good to have support and have people around you to spur you on,” he added.

You can support Trevor’s fundraising online .