During Lent 160 Athlone people showed incredible willpower by using the six weeks to lose weight, give up bad habits, and get fit while at the same time raise much-needed funds for very worthy causes in Athlone.
While all of the final sponsorship money is not yet collected the organisers are hopeful of raising several thousand euro.
The overall male and female winners on the night were Ray Lennon and Martina Rodden and they posted incredible results with phenomenal weight loss in just six weeks.
All of the winners received free membership to the Sheraton Athlone Fitness and Leisure Centre as well as a spa voucher for the award winning Sheraton Spa.
Speaking about the success of the weight loss campaign Ross O’Callaghan, manager of the Sheraton Fitness and Leisure Centre said: “Firstly, I would like to congratulate all of the slimmers for the commitment and stamina they demonstrated during the Slimathon. I would also like to congratulate them for sticking to the programme and challenges we set them which enabled them to achieve such excellent results in six weeks. Their hard work and dedication has paid off. A total of 234.50kg / 515.9lbs has been lost by the gym users.”
Organiser Aengus O’Rourke said he was thrilled at the success of the event for all involved. “The participants are healthier, the Sheraton gained new members, and the four charities/initiatives do well also so all in all it was a fantastic event. In the next two weeks we will see the last of the money returned by participants, so we will have a final count then. To see some of the participants come back in after six weeks having lost in some cases 28 and 29 pounds is just amazing. This event has been the springboard for people to improve their lifestyles and to become healthier and fitter, it is simply fantastic. I want to thank and congratulate all of the participants, they have been amazing. A special thanks also to the Sheraton and in particular to Ross O’Callaghan and his team in the Sheraton Athlone Fitness and Leisure Centre - the feedback we received about their efforts to help and encourage our participants was always very positive.”