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CYCLING has helped a man who suffered a heart attack five years ago lose almost 20 stone.

David Randall, from Gosport, took part in the London-to-Brighton Night Ride in aid of the British Heart Foundation at the weekend.

But the 37-year-old is already looking forward to taking part in the Round The Harbours Ride around Havant, Southsea, Fareham, Gosport on June 10.

David was 34-and-a-half stone when he suffered a heart attack at 31.

He said: ‘It was a life changing experience I had to do something about my weight or die.

‘In 2009, I opted for a gastric bypass rather than needing a heart bypass later on.

‘I started exercising and taking part in 10k runs in 2011 and I did a couple of the BHF’s local rides, Isle of Wight Off Road and the Round the Harbours ride.

‘I’m now 15st and still keeping up the exercise.

‘I have already completed the Isle of Wight Off road again this year and now this new night ride and I plan to do the next Round the Harbours ride.’

He added: ‘I really am enjoying it.’