A man who lost sixteen stone is to run his first half-marathon today to raise money for a hospital that he says helped change his life.
One-and-a-half years ago Ash Begg weighed 28 stone.
Ash, 30, who lives in Sparkhill in Birmingham, says a lot of his weight gain was from the stress of his brother being detained in Guantanamo Bay.
Moazamm Begg was wrongly suspected of being a terrorist and Ash says he looked to food for comfort.
In 2010 Ash underwent a gastric band operation at Heartlands hospital and says his life was transformed.
"I feel like I've been reborn. I'm a completely different person to what i was before."
To mark his achievement Ash decided to compete in the half-marathon and give the money raised to the weight management team at the hospital.
"It's nice to do it for the NHS because I feel they have helped me tremendously giving me this opeation and there's a lot of stigma attached to this operation."
Once he has completed the race Ash is looking forward to his next goal - to become a personal trainer so he can show others how to lead a happy healthier lifestyle.