Ari Kotsis

Male Vets Run Captain


I started running on a dare to complete the London Marathon 2016. Weighing in at 99kgs (15.56 stone) and having no desire to do anything active, change was on the horizon. After running the marathon the running bug had hit and I set a goal for another race, then the next. As time went on, the races became faster and PBs ensued. The weight loss, the confidence and the social aspect took over. My running colleagues became my friends. I now smile more, feel determined, motivated and live life like I run:- enjoy every minute of it. Having lost 3 stone I constantly try to upgrade the past and perfect the future: running faster, smiling more and achieving the best I can.


When I’m not running, I work for a charity which provides services to people with educational needs. Father to three girls has taught me to appreciate the joys they bring and never take things for granted. The joy they bring I try to reflect on others and always laugh at life for it is a pleasure.


Recently I was asked why I joined the Harriers. There was no thought required:- it’s the team spirit after a race, the friendly faces of those members, the social aspect of the Wednesday run and the speed of the track, in other words no matter what your capability or speed you can belong.