Tom’s getting in shape for the London Marathon

Tom’s Cheddar weight-lifting helps get him in shape for the London Marathon

Tom Elliott, an employee at Ford Farm Cheesemakers in West Dorset, who many consider to have the best job in the world as a master cheese grader at Ford Farm, isn’t just focussed on getting his nose into training for picking out 2018’s best batch of cheddars.

Tom’s also committed to getting the rest of his body into shape in anticipation of the London Marathon, which he intends to run for the first time to raise funds for children’s charity, Phab Kids, in April.

Tom’s job involves picking out the best of batch cheddars for customers including Tesco and Waitrose as well as choosing cheddars for the top UK cheese shows.  But it also involves an element of fitness training in the form of weight lifting – cheddar cheese style.  As part of his job at Ford Farm on the Ashley Chase Estate Tom can be moving up to 200 x 27kg Cheddar truckles per day, both into the Farm’s newly built ‘Cave’ – a structure that has been built into the hillside to cater for the increasing demand for Ford Farm’s Cave Aged Cheddar as well as 200 feet underground in the Caves at Wookey Hole in Somerset.

Aside from Cheddar Weight Lifting, Tom is also up at 5am every morning, beating a path around West Dorset’s undulating, and often physically challenging landscape, building up to the fully 26.2 miles required to achieve a full Marathon.

Tom who already has two half marathons under his belt is a father to two young girls, Emmie and Flori and is passionate about encouraging his family to make the most of the great outdoors, rather than becoming slaves to TV and tablet screens.  Phab Kids, a charity that has been in existence for nearly 60 years, is devoted to encouraging and supporting children and adults with and without disabilities to make more of life together through activity projects which range from archery to abseiling to table tennis.

Tom commented: ‘This is a great opportunity for me.  It gets me out into the countryside training, which I love, and to support a cause that’s really meaningful to me, too.’

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