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Bantry loses 80st in eight weeks

March 6th, 2016 7:20 AM

By Southern Star Team

Winning team The Speedy Whales lost a total of 8st 12lbs between them. From left: Eli Tanner, Claire O'Sullivan, Sheila Ellis and Merlin Tanner. (Photo: Nicholas O'Donnell)

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LAST Monday night marked the end of Bantry’s Operation Transformation and the initiative was described as having been ‘an unqualified success’.

Over the course of eight weeks, between 80 and 100 people from Bantry, Glengarriff, Sheep’s Head and Mealagh Valley weighed in each week and the total weight lost amounted to an incredible 1,211 lbs, or 80st 1lb.

Emma Ahles took the prize for the biggest individual loss by a female, dropping 2st 1lb, and she was rewarded with a €50 prize, sponsored by SuperValu. The battle for the biggest male loser was won by Merlin Tanner, who took the prize with a loss of 3st 6lb. Merlin was closely followed by Mark Foley, on 2st 4lb. 

The hotly contested group weight loss challenge, with a €150 prize sponsored by Hurley’s Garage, was won by The Speedy Whales, who put in a phenomenal performance, posting a combined loss of 124lbs (8st 12lbs). The runners-up, The Four of Us, lost 88lbs/6st 4lbs.

Just because Operation Transformation is over, it doesn’t mean that that has to be the end of keeping Bantry active, in fact Bantry Athletics Club is hoping that it is just the beginning. 

To celebrate the success of Bantry’s Operation Transformation, Bantry AC and the Westlodge Hotel will host a fun gathering on April 17th. All are welcome and can walk or run as they see fit, with funds raised going to the Bantry Hospice Project. For more, see Bantry Operation Transformation/Active Bantry on Facebook or at the Westlodge Hotel, and at locations around Bantry.

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