A BODYBUILDER from Hucknall is taking on a fundraising run in honour of his mum, who lost her battle against cancer two years ago.
TONY ARNOLD (33), of Abbots Road, is a personal trainer at the Muscle Factory gym, off Watnall Road in the town.
Weighing in at more than 16 stones, he will tackle a five-kilometre course at Darley Park in Derby on Saturday August 20.
He is aiming to raise a minimum of £600 for Cancer Research UK.
The effort is mainly in memory of Tony’s mum, Doreen Swales, who battled through breast cancer before it spread to her spleen.
Tony’s mother-in-law and his wife’s grandma and great-grandma have also been struck down by cancer but managed to beat the illness.
He told the Dispatch: “The way I look at it is that if my mum can go through all the chemotherapy, and people fight this illness through incredible pain, the least I can do is a charity run.
“Everyone knows someone these days who has been struck down by cancer. I urge as many people as possible to support me.”
Tony has the backing of his wife, Angela (27), and four children — Jessica (seven), Lara (five), Xander (four) and Alexis (two).
Training is going well so far, even though Tony has suffered from shin splints because of his size.
As part of his motivation techniques, he is using an app on his mobile phone that records his progress on training runs.
This can be followed through Twitter, complete with updates on the length of a training session and the distance covered.
Tony, who is well known in Hucknall, is also preparing to enter the world of politics. For he is standing in the Hucknall West ward as a Conservative candidate in the upcoming Ashfield District Council elections on Thursday May 5.
However he is at pains to make it clear that the run has nothing to do with canvassing for votes.
Anyone who would like to back Tony’s run should visit www.runningsponsorme.org/anthonyarnold where a donation can be made. Supporters can also leave a good-luck message.