Downham referee sheds nine stone for charity triathlon challenge

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After losing 9st in just 18 months, a Downham man has taken on his first triathlon raising £300 for an autism charity.

Simon Peach, 39, had always struggled with his weight before dieting and taking on the triathlon challenge in Feltwell.

Mr Peach said: “I’d always been a big lad at 24st 3lb, but the Cambridge Diet changed my life. I now weigh 15st and have actually put muscle on while training, I’m finally a healthy weight and so much happier than I was at 24st.

“I can do more now than I ever could, I’ve done a 10k run and now the triathlon. I had always been into sport, but I had a lot of weight to carry around with me. I’m a football referee and you need to be fit for that.

“The challenges keep me focused and it means I’ve changed my lifestyle.”

The triathlon, which was organised by Monster Events, saw Mr Peach take on a 550m swim, a 21k bike ride and 4k run and finish 64th out of 80 in 1hr 24 mins.

Simon said: “I really enjoyed it and was so pleased I didn’t come last. I might do it again next year, but we’ll see. I’d like to try a new challenge.”

He raised more than £300 for Fun With Autism, a North Yorkshire-based autism charity which supports his step-daughter who suffers with the condition.

He said: “It’s a great charity, you can really see how they work with families to make life easier.”