Popular Birmingham bar manager unrecognizable after dramatic weight loss
A popular Birmingham bar manager is unrecognizable after his dramatic weight loss. Connor Kingsley weighed 25 stone at his peak – but lost a dramatic amount after ‘waking up’.
Connor is the manager of Mr. Mulligan’s at Broadway Plaza and is a familiar face in the city’s Westside entertainment district. He said a “major wake-up call” for losing weight was after he became diabetic due to his weight.
After some major life changes, the bar manager has lost six and a half stone and is now running the London Marathon in October. And he takes on the mammoth 26-mile challenge for a poignant reason.
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Connor raises funds for the cancer charity Marie Curie in memory of his grandmother, adoptive mother and a close friend who were all helped or linked to the charity. The 33-year-old, who lives in Winson Green, Birmingham, said: ‘I have been focused on making major changes in my life after being locked down for the better part of two years during Covid-19.
“I had happened to be the tallest I’ve ever been at a whopping 25 stone, which helped with my diabetes and gave me a major wake-up call. Since resuming regular exercise, I managed to drop six and a half stone in my freshman year with a fixed plan to go down even more.
“I used to be a regular runner a few years ago where I was part of a running club and applied for the London Marathon every year and didn’t get in. I kept applying when I stopped racing and on my eighth attempt I got in!
“I am now back in training and have already taken part in the Birmingham 10k in May, with my colleague Martin, and my next race will be on Saturday July 2 in the Black Country Half Marathon.
Connor explained that he had chosen Marie Curie for his fundraiser in memory of three people. Andrew Sturges, a former running friend of the Birmingham Swifts, who worked for Marie Curie as a chef but died of cancer in 2020.
Her adoptive mother, who died earlier this year of cancer and cared for by the charity and her grandmother, who died a few years ago of cancer, when Marie Curie was there to support her again, her and her family.
Connor is supported during his 18-week training program by Birmingham Swifts coach Peter Davis.
He added: ‘Andrew gave his heart and soul to his work and the charity he loved. My adoptive mother took in hundreds of children and gave her life and soul to protect everyone she met. The Marie Curie and hospice staff were amazing with her and I was determined to do this run in honor of her and my grandmother.
He is also hosting a crazy golf charity tournament, bake sale and raffle at Mr Mulligan’s house on September 7 to raise even more money for Marie Curie. Connor, well known on Westside after working at the Walkabout bar and Bannatyne gymnasium, is now looking for raffle prizes for the September event.
Connor raises funds for Marie Curie through Just Giving for her London Marathon efforts, you can contribute here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/connor-kingsley2
Meanwhile, anyone wishing to attend the crazy golf, bake sale and raffle on September 7, or donate raffle prizes, can find more details: https://fb.me/e/ 1VDA7L02I or email email@example.com