I became an endurance athlete a few years back and began to take part in ultra long distance triathlons, mainly to raise money for the charities I worked for.
In 2014 I became the oldest man and only the 20th person to complete the world’s hardest triathlon, the Arch to Arc. I ran from Marble Arch to Dover, 87 miles, swam the English Channel and then cycled to Paris, another 182 miles. I subsequently appeared on a TV programme called Ultimate Hell Week, which was made up of some of the UK’s fittest people. All through this time, I was a meat eater, who never gave a second thought about what I was putting into my body, and just assumed that all my fitness would mean I could get away with eating anything.
Then, a couple of years ago, my youngest son went vegan at the age of 14 (he is a real star) and I decided to join him for last Veganuary 2017. I could not believe the effect it had on my body. I thought I was fit, but the energy that came rushing through me was almost scary. I actually thought I might be ill, I felt so good! Aches and pains that I used to get disappeared – no one ever told me that meat acts as an inflammatory.
I have continued to train at a high level; at the age of 52 I run, swim and cycle long distances (I recently cycled from the UK to Armenia and Azerbaijan). I realise that there is so much misinformation about diet out there in the wider world and I have learnt that my body knows what’s best for it; being vegan has proved that, and has challenged the received wisdom that I was brought up believing. Veganism has been a revelation, and I just love eating clean.
I don’t normally write to forums or organisations, but I just wanted to thank you for the brilliant website, updates and materials that you supply us with. I don’t think that there can be a better organisation operating today that makes such a difference to our personal health, our compassion for animals and therefore their health, and to the health of the environment. Please keep up the good work and thank you all for your inspiration.