Livewell volunteer, Andy quit smoking and lost three stone in just under two years and went from couch potato to running coach in just seven months!  Sounds impressive?  All the more so when you consider that he had his spine fused in his early thirties.  Now in training for the London Marathon, Andy is living proof that anything is possible when you’re determined to succeed.  Find out more about our smiley volunteer.

My Livewell journey

I started Livewell as a buddy to my partner, Julie and then joined myself in 2018 to quit smoking. I’ve been smoke free for 22 months and during that time I’ve lost about 3 stone and transformed my fitness.  Before Livewell I barely did any exercise, now I run four times a week and did at least four Livewell classes a week before lockdown. Now I exercise in my garage. 

My volunteering role with Livewell

I volunteer at two health hubs - Whitecross on a Tuesday evening and Boyer Street on a Thursday lunchtime. I am also a run leader with Derby Joggers and support two jogging sessions a week.

Me in three words

Dedicated, positive & helpful.

My favourite meal

Fillet steak, chips & salad.

My best achievements

Giving up smoking and running the Manchester half marathon in 2019.  

Building up my running distance to take on my first full marathon, hopefully this year (if the London Marathon goes ahead on 4 October).

What you might be surprised to know

I have had a spinal fusion operation over 20 years ago and still have four metal rods in my spine.

My lifestyle tip

Be kind to yourself.

My favourite motivational quote

One run can change your day, many runs can change your life!

My tip for surviving lockdown

Stick to a routine and keep active.

Read more about Andy's amazing lifestyle transformation.  Andy is running the Virgin London Marathon for FND Dimensions. Here is a link to his Fundraising page.

Andy after the Manchester Half Marathon 2019 with partner, Julie

Andy Varney and partner Julie at Manchester Half Marathon 2019