Sunday 15 December 2019

The Fat Jockey: Alan Jordan sheds three stone in four months for dream of Punchestown glory

Alan Jordan

Last November I stood on the scales and was wondering why it told the time, not my weight!!

To my disbelief I had reached an all time high of 14 stone and the task in hand was daunting to say the least.

The goal was clear in my mind, the Punchestown Charity Race. All I had to do was lose three stone weight, raise as much cash as possible, get as fit as possible and try and secure a decent mount to try and give my sponsors value for their well earned money.

This year will see the 25th running of the Annual Private Sweepstakes at the Punchestown National Hunt Racing Festival in aid of the Punchestown Kidney Research Fund.

Over the past 24 years the PKRF, which is a registered Irish Charity, has accumulated over €1,224,292.00 in funds.

This money has been divided amongst various projects to improve the quality of life of patients on dialysis, support medical & research projects that help people with the disease and increase organ donor awareness.

It will be the tenth consecutive year that Diageo Ireland has sponsored this great event and the second time in their tenure that I will do my bit for this very important cause.

I started to pound the roads and get into serious training straight away along with getting back to the great Wednesday night hardship sessions at the infamous Grangecon Boxing Club.

A weekly itinerary of exercise has consisted of 35km running, 6 hours of core exercise/ boxing training, 10 – 15 mins on the equisiser each day and riding 10 – 15 lots (horses riding out in groups) for local trainer Francis Flood at his Grangecon yard.

Calorie intake has been restricted to 1200 per day but the results have been significant and I now stand on those same scales at 11 Stone.

TRI Equestrian has come to the fore and has been amazing by sponsoring all my Race gear. Their premises which are based at the back of the Curragh Racecourse are an equestrian enthusiasts Elysium. 

The Stream Inn in Calverstown Co Kildare which is owned by the McParland family who happen to be my in-laws, have been the driving force for the fund raising so far with proprietor Bryan agreeing to honour a 10pc donation of the Total figure raised.

To all of those who have donated so far I am truly grateful and I hope to represent your support as best I can in Punchestown on Saturday the third of May.

If you’re from the Horsey set or not, this is a very worthy cause and please keep in mind how important organ donors are to saving lives.

Organ donation and transplantation save the lives of between 200 and 250 people in Ireland every year.

By becoming an organ and/or a tissue donor, you could save the lives of up to 5 people who are in end-stage organ failure. You can contact any member of the Irish Donor Network for further information or for organ donor cards.

You can show your support by making a donation to this link and reference Alan Jordan in your payment.

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