A bus driver from Featherstone will take to the streets on foot rather than in his usual mode of transport to raise money for charity.
Paul Maw, 46, of Priordale Road, will be tackling the Great North Run in September after losing four stones in just three months after starting a diet and running.
He will take part in the 13.1 mile run from Newcastle to South Shields on September 15 after gaining a free place.
Mr Maw said: “I told BUPA, who organise the race, my story about losing weight and they offered me a free place on the run.
“I got quite bored of all the exercise but I have got a friend at work who runs marathons and he gave me some tips and I actually really enjoy it .”
He is raising money for the Epilepsy Society as his wife Gill has suffered from the condition.
Mr Maw said: “My wife has suffered from epilepsy for the past five years so I have decided to raise money for the Epilepsy Society.
“I have raised around £300 from work, friends and family so far but I’d like to raise a lot more than that if I can.
To sponsor Mr Maw visit www.just-giving.com/Paul-Maw-Snr