When he hit 40, Adam knew something had to change

Adam Thomas started jogging to lose weight – and now he's run the London Marathon for World Cancer Research Fund!

"I'm Adam, and I ran the 2019 London Marathon for WCRF.

"I’d recommend anyone to look at their habits and make some small changes.

"Giving up drinking was a massive challenge for me, but was definitely worth it."

It's never too late to start

Asda store manager Adam Thomas completed the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon in April to raise money for our life-changing research into the prevention of cancer through diet and lifestyle.

Adam originally started running three years ago to lose weight as part of a health kick.

Before his lifestyle change, Adam was eating too much processed food, especially when short of time, and binge drinking twice a week. But once he hit 40 he realised he needed to change his diet and drinking habits to be healthier, and has now lost over five stone and got his body mass index (BMI) down to 26 (just shy of the healthy range of 18–25).

Now 42, he hopes to raise awareness of how important it is to have a healthy lifestyle, highlighting that it's never too late to start. Around 40 per cent of cancer cases are preventable – that’s approximately 144,000 cases in the UK every year. 

You see the impact cancer has

Adam said: “I chose WCRF because you see the impact cancer has on people’s lives all the time, it affects your personal and professional life.

“I’d recommend anyone to look at their habits and make some small changes. Giving up drinking was a massive challenge for me, but was definitely worth it. I’m not totally teetotal though, I will have a drink on special occasions!”