AN EX-Sheffield Wednesday player has nearly completed a mammoth weight loss challenge.

Three months ago, Jody Wainwright, 31, set himself the task of losing four stone in four months to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice.

With two weeks left to go, the dad-of-two has less than 10lbs left to lose.

As a keen triathlete and having played in goal for the Sheffield club in the 1998 season, he had always been quite fit.

But when Jody set up his own business several years ago, he began spending most days on the road and developed some unhealthy habits forcing his weight to reach 22 stone.

Now with the help of Max Fitness, who are based at the Galpharm Stadium, Jody is down to nearly 18 stone and he has just completed his first two triathlons in two years.

He said: “ I just decided enough was enough. I was tired of making excuses. The last triathlon I did was around eight years ago, where I also did it for Kirkwood Hospice.

“The hospice is a charity very close to my heart as my mum died there ten years ago.

“A hospice is not always a particularly nice place to go because of the circumstances that you are going there.

“But they put such effort into the care and deserve as much money as they possibly can.”

It was the tenth anniversary of Margaret Wainwright’s death in June.

Jody, of Ossett, heads down to the Galpharm around three times a week to train with Brendan O’Meara. During his free time, he swims, runs and cycles.

He did his first recent triathlon at Pugney’s Park near Wakefield.

Jody, who is married to Natalie and has two young daughters said: “I have entered four triathlons, three of them are Olympic distance: a one-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and a six-mile run.

“I did the Yorkshire Triathlon in Wakefield in three hours and 14 minutes, which I was really pleased with.

“I completed the triathlon at the Galpharm Stadium, which was a 500m swim, 10km cycle on a stationary bike and 5km run.”

Jody, who runs Industrial Painting Services Ltd in Ossett, completed the race in 52 minutes 33 seconds.

His challenge ends in two weeks, but he is hoping to continue on his weight loss journey until he reaches around 16 stone.

Capital Appeal Manager Marie Peacock said: “It is incredible the amount of hard work Jody is putting into his challenge; his achievement to date is absolutely fantastic.

“We wish him all the best for triathlon number three.”

The Capital Appeal aims to raise £3m for a refurbishment of the Dalton hospice’s in-patient unit.

To find out more about the challenge visit http://maxfitnesslife or to help Jody hit his fundraising target of £2,000 visit