Putting her best foot forward, one Buxton mum lost eight stone after her father died of undiagnosed heart disease - now she is running the London Marathon.
Allison Sheehry knew she had to turn her life around after her dad, Roy Bryer, died eight years ago or she would end up with severe health problems.
The 34-year-old, of Burlow Road, said: “In my head there is a fat girl who doesn’t want to exercise and just eat cake, but I have chosen to ignore her.”
Previously Allison tipped the scales at 20 stone but has dropped five dress sizes.
She said: “No-one knew dad was ill so I’m running the marathon to help the British Heart Foundation as I think the work they do on educating people on the signs to look for in heart disease is so vital.”
As well as working and being a mum, Allison finds time to clock up the miles as husband, Brian, is very supportive.
She said: “I’m nervous, I have only ever done half marathons before so this is big step up for me.
“But there is no way I’m going to quit, I need to prove to myself and the doubters that I can do this.
“My life is so different than where it was when dad was alive, but I have made all the right choices .
“Running the London Marathon is a chance of a lifetime for me and I hope by doing this I can help others and hope no-one has to go through a loss like I did.”
The London Marathon takes place in April and donations can be made via justgiving.com/Allison-Sheehry.