A SENIOR policeman with a new role in Huddersfield has just shed eight stones - and now aims to do a cycle trek.
Chief Insp Rod Wark, 47, has just become the new man in charge of police operations in Huddersfield.
Over the last 17 months he has slimmed down from an unhealthy 22 stones to 14 stones.
And soon he will be cycling just over 1,000 miles - from Land's End to John o' Groats - for charity.
The solo ride will be between May 19 and 31 and Chief Insp Wark is raising money for two causes very close to his heart.
These are the Multiple Sclerosis Society - his father, Stephen, has had MS for 20 years - and Christian charity Caring For Life.
It provides help, including daycare, for homeless, needy or vulnerable people in the Leeds area.
It also provides accommodation - including long-term residential care - support and friendship.
Chief Insp Wark said: "I have committed myself to one of the greatest endurance challenges the UK has to offer.
"The cycle ride will take place over a fortnight.
"I'll be averaging about 80 miles per day.
" I hope lots of people will help me to make this a real success by backing me with as much sponsorship money as possible."
Last year Chief Insp Wark raised more than £1,400 for Caring For Life with two efforts.
He did 26 miles an indoor rowing machine and then in September took part in a sponsored coast-to-coast cycle ride, from Whitehaven to Sunderland.
Chief Insp Wark joined West Yorkshire Police in 1980 and has worked mainly in Leeds.
But he has spent the last four years working in the communications department at Wakefield.
Chief Insp Wark is married to Kim.
The couple live in Burley-in-Wharfedale, near Ilkley, with their four children, Sam, 21, Matthew, 19, Miriam, 13, and 10-year-old Abigail.
He shed the pounds with Weight Watchers.
He said: "Losing the weight has made me feel like a different person.
"It's been a whole lifestyle change."
Anyone interested in sponsoring Chief Insp Wark can contact him by phone on 07771 978723 or by email on rwark21065@ aol.com