Alan’s been going to Clifton Leisure Centre for more years than he can remember – first bringing his children, then his grandchildren, to teach them to swim, as he believes it’s one of the most important things to learn.
Before retiring, work meant Alan was very physically active, but, like others in his family, he still carried a little extra weight and, at age 50, was around 14 stone.
Alan used to enjoy cross-country running at school and was good at it, but, when he left school, work and life seemed to get in the way and he stopped.
At the age of 50, while on holiday with the family in Skegness, Alan was drawn to the holiday park's gym and somehow managed a whole mile on the treadmill. After that, he was hooked!
He started to use the gym at the Clifton Leisure Centre, gradually increasing his distance, and people started to notice he was losing weight. He now weighs around 10 stone.
“I eat, but I’m conscious... watching salt, sugar and fat without going overboard.”
At 59, Alan started to road run with his friend, Paul. That year, without telling anyone, Alan also enrolled for his first Robin Hood Half Marathon, which he completed in just over two hours!
Alan's wife, who’s 75, enjoys swimming with him at Clifton and likes walking regularly too.
“She’s already fit and active, but I encouraged her to join me as it’s lovely to spend time together.”