The Russometer

During the hot summer of 2003 Russell Woolf made a decision: he was going to lose weight. A lot of weight. Towards the end of the 2003 cricket season Russ weighed 125 kg (or 19 st, 9 lb to any Luddites in the audience); he made a plan to be down to a about 85 kg (or 13 st, 5 lb) by May 2004. Yep, that's right, 40 kg: almost one third of his weight or, as the man himself put it, ``the baggage allowance of a couple going on a package holiday''.

What did all this have to do with you? Plenty, as it turned out. Losing weight is never easy, and Russ wanted some support from all his friends, both in terms of personal encouragement and by sponsoring him, the proceeds going to the Rosie Maternity Hospital's Premrose neo-natal unit. Both per-kilogram and (ahem) lump-sum donations were welcome and, with the help of Andy Owen and Phil Watson, a six-a-side cricket tournament was organised to approximately double the amount raised.

Below is the Russometer itself, showing Russell's progress from the beginning of his odyssey to his final weigh-in on May 10, 2004.

The story finally came to an end about a year after it started, with a cheque for GBP 1200 (!) being presented to two nurses from The Rosie Maternity Hospital on October 9, 2004. The setting (Mickey Flynn's pool hall) was rather incongruous, but that's secondary to the amount of money raised, so well done to all involved.

The Russometer

Date Time since start of program Russell's weight Weight lost since start of program ``Body mass index''
August 8, 2003 0 days 125 kg (19 st, 9 lb) 0 kg (0 st, 0 lb) 39.5 kg/sqm
August 18, 2003 10 days 121 kg (19 st, 0 lb) 4 kg (0 st, 9 lb) 38.2 kg/sqm
September 1, 2003 23 days 116 kg (18 st, 3 lb) 9 kg (1 st, 6 lb) 36.6 kg/sqm
September 15, 2003 38 days 113 kg (17 st, 11 lb) 12 kg (1 st, 12 lb) 35.7 kg/sqm
September 29, 2003 52 days 113 kg (17 st, 11 lb) 12 kg (1 st, 12 lb) 35.7 kg/sqm
October 27, 2003 80 days 105 kg (16 st, 7 lb) 20 kg (3 st, 2 lb) 33.1 kg/sqm
November 17, 2003 101 days 103 kg (16 st, 2 lb) 22 kg (3 st, 7 lb)) 32.5 kg/sqm
December 15, 2003 129 days 101 kg (15 st, 13 lb) 24 kg (3 st, 10 lb) 31.9 kg/sqm
January 12, 2004 157 days 100 kg (15 st, 10 lb) 25 kg (3 st, 13 lb) 31.6 kg/sqm
January 26, 2004 171 days 98 kg (15 st, 6 lb) 27 kg (4 st, 3 lb) 31.0 kg/sqm
February 9, 2004 185 days 98 kg (15 st, 6 lb) 27 kg (4 st, 3 lb) 31.0 kg/sqm
March 1, 2004 206 days 101 kg (15 st, 13 lb) 24 kg (3 st, 10 lb) 31.9 kg/sqm
March 15, 2004 220 days 99 kg (15 st, 8 lb) 26 kg (4 st, 1 lb) 31.3 kg/sqm
April 26, 2004 262 days 100 kg (15 st, 10 lb) 25 kg (3 st, 13 lb) 31.6 kg/sqm
May 10, 2004 276 days 97 kg (15 st, 3 lb) 28 kg (4 st, 6 lb) 30.6 kg/sqm