TWO Leigh Centurions fans have joined the rugby league club's owner in losing weight for charity.
Centurions chairman Derek Beaumont and Salford Red Devils chairman Marwan Koukash have pledged to shed around 3st before the two clubs lock horns at the Magic Weekend at St James' Park before in Newcastle on Sunday, May 21.
They aim to weigh 15st 7lb at the culmination of their Deck and Dock Weight Loss Challenge in aid of The Steve Prescott Foundation and the Danny Jones Defibrillator Fund.
The man who loses the least weight will donate £5,000 with a further £1,000 being given by each of them for every pound they weigh over their 15st 7lb target.
Inspired by the club owners' charity challenge, Leigh fans Christian Clarke, 33, from Leigh, and Tom Turner-Kennedy, 35, from Atherton, are also losing weight for the charities inspired by late rugby league players and have already shed more than 2st.
Calling themselves Two Fat Leythers, the new dieters have set up a JustGiving page and hope to make as much money as possible for the charities.
Christian said: “My first child Lenny was born on April 10 and I wanted to be a fit and healthy dad for when he was born.
“Tom and I talked about doing the challenge when we met up over Christmas and decided it would be a great way for us to lose weight.
“One of my favourite Leigh players, Jamie Acton, called me and offered to do a training and diet programme for Tom and I.
“We have both lost 2st each since January so we are really pleased with how it has gone so far.
“I have noticed a difference in my shape and waist since doing it.”
They have been attending Centurion Fitness classes to help them lose weight.
“I have done lots of different types of training before but never had much direction. The programme devised by Jamie and Whitehaven's Tommy Holland has given me that,” added Christian.
“I try to do about four to five sessions a week and I feel like a different person now.
“I could not see Tom doing something like this a couple of years ago but he has really embraced it and we have really pushed each other.
"It means a lot to raise money for both of the charities.
“It is an honour to help the Steve Prescott Foundation carry on in his name.
“What happened to Danny Jones was an absolute tragedy and we hope we can help make a difference to get defibrillators out to amateurs and professionals in the game.
“Our wives have been really supportive throughout.
"Tom’s wife Lauren has been coming to the sessions and my wife Amanda will be joining Centurion Fitness once she has recovered from giving birth."
To make a donation visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/twofatleythers.