Suffering from osteoarthritis meant 58-year-old Michael Beckett spent years living a sedentary lifestyle.
But, in 2009, his life changed after he underwent a complete hip replacement to help him move more comfortably.
Prior to surgery, Michael struggled to drive and couldn’t walk more than 100 metres.
But after the surgery he took up an intensive diet and exercise programme, which saw him lose more than four stones in weight.
As well as losing four stones, and now weighing 12 stones, Michael has also run two marathons and recently signed up for the MBNA Chester Metric Marathon, a 26.2km distance that was announced last month, and will take place alongside the 26.2-mile MBNA Chester Marathon this October.
When Michael, from Clitheroe, was in his 20s he had a very active lifestyle, taking part in as many sports as he could.
Later in life, however, Michael was forced to slow down due to osteoarthritis.
He says: “I love being active, and when I started suffering I was devastated.
“I slowly started leading a sedentary lifestyle which progressively got worse because I was in so much pain.
“A few months before I had the hip replacement, moving around was very difficult, and I couldn’t even walk 100 m.”
After Michael had the hip replacement he started feeling more and more comfortable and was soon able to start doing low impact exercise in the gym.
Michael, who works as the international trade advisor at East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, says: “I never thought that I would be able move comfortably again after being in so much pain for such a long time.
“Having lived such an inactive lifestyle I was determined to lose weight and get back into exercise.
“I started going to the gym and running on the treadmill – something I didn’t think would ever be possible.”
Michael was soon able to start running outside.
Michael adds: “I can’t tell you how much running has changed my life. I now have goals to aim for and something to dedicate my time to.
“Everyone used to tell me about the running bug and it’s not until I started running long distances that I knew exactly what they meant.
“When I saw the Chester Metric Marathon it had my name written all over it.
“It looks like it will be a fantastic race, and I really can’t wait to be a part of Chester’s first metric marathon.”
The MBNA Chester Metric Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 5, the same day as the MBNA Chester Marathon.