A popular Birmingham bar manager is unrecognizable after his dramatic weight loss. Connor Kingsley was 25 stone on his heaviest day – but lost a dramatic amount after a health “wake-up call”.
Connor is the manager of Mr. Mulligan’s on Broadway Plaza and a familiar face in the city’s Westside entertainment district. He said a “big wake-up call” to losing weight came after he became diabetic because of his weight.
After some major life changes, the bar manager lost six and a half pounds and is now running the London Marathon in October. And he’s taking on the mammoth 26-mile challenge for a good reason.
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Connor is raising funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity in memory of his grandmother, foster mother and a close friend, all of whom were supported by or associated with the charity. The 33-year-old, who lives in Winson Green, Birmingham, said: “I’ve been focused on making big changes in my life after being in lockdown for almost two years during Covid-19.
“I had discovered that I was the tallest I’ve ever had at a whopping 25 stones, which helped lead me to becoming diabetic and gave me a huge wake up call. Since returning to regular exercise, I’ve managed to lose six and a half. half a rock into my freshman year with a solid plan to get down even more.
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“I was a regular runner a few years ago where I was part of a running club and applied to the London marathon every year and didn’t get in. I kept applying when I stopped running and on my eighth try I got in!
“I’m back in training now and have already competed in the Birmingham 10K with my colleague Martin in May and my next race is the Black Country half marathon on Saturday 2nd July.”
Connor explained that he chose Marie Curie for his fundraiser in memory of three people. Andrew Sturges, a former running pal at Birmingham Swifts who worked as a chef for Marie Curie but died of cancer in 2020.
His foster mother, who died of cancer earlier this year and was being cared for by the charity, and his grandma, who died of cancer a few years ago when Marie Curie was back to support her and the family.
Connor will be joined by Birmingham Swifts coach Peter Davis throughout his 18-week training program.
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He added: “Andrew gave his heart and soul to his job and to the charity he loved. My foster mother took in hundreds of children and gave her life and soul to protect everyone she met. The staff at Marie Curie and the hospice have been amazing to her and I was determined to do this run in honor of her and my grandma.”
He’s also hosting a mini-golf charity tournament, bake sale and raffle at Mr Mulligan’s on September 7th to raise even more funds for Marie Curie. Connor, who is well known on the Westside having previously worked at Walkabout bar and Bannatyne gym, is now looking for raffle prizes for September’s event.
Connor uses Just Giving to raise funds for Marie Curie for his London Marathon efforts. You can contribute here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/connor-kingsley2
In the meantime, anyone who would like to take part in the September 7th mini-golf, bake sale, raffle draw or donate raffle prizes can find out more details: https://fb.me/e/1VDA7L02I or email [email protected] .com