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Bradford man wins Christmas weight loss bet

Ian Armstrong
Mr Armstrong said charity shops had also benefited from his weight loss

A man who placed a £50 bet that he would lose five stone before Christmas Day at odds of 20-1 has netted £1,000 for his local junior football club.

Ian Armstrong, 44, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, hit the target he set in January by getting from 17st 5lbs to 12st 5lbs.

He is now putting his winnings from the bet into East Bowling All-Stars, the boys football team he chairs.

Mr Armstrong said the money would go towards pitch fees and other costs.

Mr Armstrong, who works at Morrisons supermarket in Wakefield, said he put on weight after developing a knee injury while running.

It's amazing how everything changes when you ditch the big portions of pie and chips and go on the rice pasta chicken instead
Ian Armstrong

He said he had decided to diet his way back to fitness as a way of raising money for the All-Stars.

A spokesman for William Hill said it was the record weight loss for a bet of this type.

Mr Armstrong said his wife, Tracy, and sons Nathan, 10, and seven-year-old Niall, who both play for the football team, had been very supportive.

"It's a huge amount to lose but I feel so much better," he said.

Mr Armstrong said he had managed to lose weight by changing his diet and drinking a pint of water before meals.

"I haven't been following anything in particular," he added.

"I've just done it myself.

"It's amazing how everything changes when you ditch the big portions of pie and chips and go on the rice pasta chicken instead.

"The charity shops have done well out of it - I've had to buy a whole new wardrobe."

Mr Armstrong, who is originally from Chester-le-Street in County Durham, said he hit his target on 13 December.



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