First class effort from Dougie as he meets his weight loss goal

Dougie Leithead with his dogs Monty and Murray
Dougie Leithead with his dogs Monty and Murray

IN JANUARY, retired postman Dougie Leithead challenged himself to lose ten kilos in ten weeks in a sponsored slim.

And he has delivered the goods and more after shedding 11.4 kilos, while also raising £550 for Good2Give and CLASSP in aid of local youngster Callum Murray, who is currently recovering from leukaemia.

The 61-year-old has been busy in the gym at Think Fitness and his dogs Monty and Murray have become equally fit thanks to their regular walks over the fields from their Lanton Place home.

Dougie said: “I was going to the gym four times a week and I was doing a lot of cycling on the spinning bikes when I was there because my knees are bad and I couldn’t manage the treadmill.

“I was spinning 60 or 70 miles a week and I was attending the Launch classes on a Saturday morning with a group of other old cronies which was always good fun.

“I started off taking the dogs around the ‘four road ends’ but my knees got sore so, because the farmers have emptied the nearby fields of sheep, I walked through them a few times during the week.

“I’ve never felt as fit.”

Dougie had help from wife Pearl, who made sure he stayed to a strict diet – and it also benefited her as she lost 9lbs.

And it has meant a boost to the coffers of the charities.

He said: “Normally when I’ve tried diets I’d lose a few pounds and then lose interest after a couple of weeks, but I set my target and the generosity I’ve received from sponsorship has been amazing. I can’t thank everyone enough.

“The lads at the gym have also been great and it’s been really enjoyable, although really tough going at times.”