Not even a triathlon can stand in Graham’s way

JPNS-11-06-12-Feeling-lead - Biggest Loser winner Graham Street taking part in the Fareham Triathlon. Need both pix assigned to Monday's future page 121 please (or at least putting on system for me to assign)
JPNS-11-06-12-Feeling-lead - Biggest Loser winner Graham Street taking part in the Fareham Triathlon. Need both pix assigned to Monday's future page 121 please (or at least putting on system for me to assign)

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Graham Street wasn’t content with taking on just one gruelling fitness challenge.

After losing more than six stone, the 48-year-old felt so good he signed up to do his very first triathlon.

After losing more than six stone, the 48-year-old felt so good he signed up to do his very first triathlon.

Combining three tough endurance tests in one, a triathlon would push even the super-fit to their limits.

But Graham, from Paulsgrove, loved every minute of the experience – and he’s now got his sights set on taking part in more.

The father-of-four finished the recent Fareham Triathlon in one hour 45 minutes. He had to complete a 400m swim, a 12.5-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run to cross the finish line.

‘I loved it,’ he says. ‘It was absolutely fantastic. I didn’t necessarily do it for the challenge, I did it for myself.

‘I’m applying for another in August. It’s such an achievement.’

In January, Graham weighed 25 stone and was desperately unhappy with his size. The rugby coach had always been fit and healthy but had gradually slipped into bad habits.

He signed up for The News’ Portsmouth’s Biggest Loser challenge and with the help of Gary Lockwood and his team from 24/7 Fitness got his weight under control in just two months.

Graham lost an incredible 10 inches from around his waist and re-discovered his love for sport and fitness at the same time.

Since he was crowned the winner of the Biggest Loser, Graham’s kept up with his workouts. As well as doing two spin classes and a body combat session each week at 24/7 Fitness, he also sweats it out in the gym and finds time for four-mile runs during his lunch break.

The triathlon was the perfect opportunity to put his new-found fitness to the test and he was delighted with his performance, particularly the 20-length swim, which he completed in just 11 minutes.

‘I was really pleased,’ he adds. ‘I struggled on the bike a little. I do two or three spin classes a week so I thought I’d be all right on that, and I was doing 10 or 15 miles a week on the bike as well.

‘But I did all my training along Southsea seafront so the first time I went up a hill I hit a wall.’

Graham’s now training for the Great South Run in October and wants to take part in an Olympic distance triathlon, featuring a 1500m swim, 60km bike ride and 15km run, next year.

After spending years overweight, Graham’s determined he’ll never go back to how he was before.

He hopes to lose a further two stone and credits his partner’s support with helping him stay strong.

‘I think fitness has always been part of me but what I needed was that kick up the backside to get myself motivated,’ he reveals.

‘Whereas before I could talk a great run, now I don’t mind getting up and doing it.

‘I always wanted to do it – now I can and that’s great.’