Hundreds join Adrian in Tullamore OT walk

FOR Edenderry man, Adrian Brereton, being the biggest loser is his main aim and he was beaming after this week’s live weigh in on Radio One.

FOR Edenderry man, Adrian Brereton, being the biggest loser is his main aim and he was beaming after this week’s live weigh in on Radio One.

Adrian’s target weight loss was 4 pounds. However, the 41 year old lost 6 1/2 pounds and is now 17 stone 10 1/2 lbs. This is a great achievement and has meant the pet shop owner has lost over a stone since he began Operation Transformation (OT) just over a fortnight ago.

Well on his way towards his target weight of 16 stone 11 lbs, Adrian enthused that he was was the “biggest loser” this week and was having “another good week”.

However, it was not without pain for the Edenderry contestant, when he suffered from shin splints last week. Talking about it, Adrian explained that it was because he isn’t used to walking. But, it didn’t let it stop him and said he couldn’t stop because of the growing support for him in Edenderry.

“It does help to have people out walking with me It gives me great support.”

Earlier in the week, the Edenderry leader said that he watched last week’s show with just his family. There had been somewhat of a party atmosphere the week before but he decided to tame it down after that. Adrian admitted that it is “nerve wracking” for him. “There is a lot of pressure. You are not just weighing in front of a class but in front of an entire nation. There is a lot of expectation.” However, the pet shop owner said the show wasn’t as bad as he thought it was going to be.

Last week’s show saw Adrian being comforted by fellow contestants and the show’s presenter Katherine Thompson after he got visibly overwhelmed by the enormity of the event while waiting for his weigh in. Katherine re-assured him that the waiting is the worst part in a bid to support the Edenderry leader.

Dr Eddie Murphy noted that Adrian needed to find a balance over the next few weeks of the programme and he would be on hand to support him with being a Leader on the show.

Later in the RTE show, the leaders were advised that they were being packed off to the Curragh where members of the Irish army were going to take them in hand with a variety of extremely difficult challenges.

Adrian said that this Curragh Challenge is proving to be one of the hardest things he has ever undertaken. Although, the 41 year old did admit that he did well in this week’s challenge. “This week has been so hard. I am in bits after it yesterday [Sunday],”

It continues to be a busy week for Adrian. He had his fellow contestants Kayleigh and Grace over for dinner as well as travelling to Dublin on Monday for the live weigh in on the John Murray show while also taking to the streets of Edenderry every second evening for his walk.

Chatting about the whole experience so far, Adrian most definitely sounds upbeat this week. “I am looking forward to this week’s show,” he added.

Meanwhile, congratulations were sent to the 41 year old by Edenderry Town Council on his efforts with OT.

Cathaoirleach of Edenderry Town Council, Cllr Jim Murrin said that Adrian’s participation in the programme is creating a lot of positive publicity for the town. “It is also great to see so many people taking part each evening with Adrian on his three mile walk and I know that level of support is very much appreciated by Adrian.”

“Adrian Brereton is creating a very positive image of Edenderry,” said Cllr Patricia Brady.

Over the weekend, Tullamore was one of 30 locations nationwide that hosted an OT National walk last week.

Walkers set out on the 5.4km route from the Kilbeggan Bridge at 11am on Saturday morning last, accompanied by Adrian and Dr Eddie Murphy from the OT team.

The walk was organised by RTE’s OT in partnership with the Irish Sports Council in a bid to get people active.