As it happened: Fit Factor winner announcement tonight

Tonight couple Gemma Robson and Carl Martin were crowned the 2014 Fit Factor winners at The Hilton hotel in Gateshead

It's been twelve weeks of blood, sweat and tears...but mainly sweat, since out Fit Factor contestants embarked on their life-changing journey to transform their health and their lives.

The winner will not only receive the well-earned title of Fit Factor Champion, but will also enjoy a weekend of luxury at Stobo Castle in the Scottish borders with champagne on arrival, three-course dinner, full Scottish breakfast and three-course lunch, unlimited use of spa facilities.

Join us live from the event to announce the winner.

Who will be crowned the 2014 Fit Factor champion? Follow our live blog to find out

18.27

Good evening and welcome to the Fit Factor final at the Gateshead Hilton Hotel.

It's been twelve weeks of blood, sweat and tears...but mainly sweat, since out Fit Factor contestants embarked on their life-changing journey to transform their health and their lives.

But who will be crowned the winner tonight? All of the six finalists have worked extremely hard over the last twelve weeks and I'm sure they're all dying to know who has lost the most weight.

Good luck to everyone.

18.30

Our reporter Richard Fletcher is at the hotel to video the final and he's already taking pictures

18.33

Our health reporter Helen Rae, who has been following the finalists throughout their weight loss journey, has now arrived at the #fitfactor final. There is a room full of people waiting to see who is going to be crowned the winner.

18.35

Here is a quick video of people getting ready for the final to begin - good luck to you all

18.37

Helen, our health reporter, says: The Fit Factor final begins! The Journal's Editor Brian Aitken, who actually took part in this year's Fit Factor, kicks things off with a speech.

And here's a photo of Brian.

18.39

Our reporter Richard says: Brian mentions some of the changes to his weight, shape and body stats- and it sounds very impressive! #fitfactor

18.43

Fit Factor trainer David Fairlamb has taken to the stage and said: "It has been a fantastic year for the Fit Factor competition."

"Hundreds of people applied for the #fitfactor and some people who didn't get a place lost a few stone simply by following the plan."

"Everyone gave 100%. This has been the best training group we've had by far" #fitfactor

18.47

Fit Factor finalist Ash Cuniff gets his final weight loss statistic. He has lost a total of  4 st and 1lb in just 12 weeks. Great effort Ash and well done!

18.49

Finalist Carl Martin has dropped a staggering 3st 10lbs  which means his metabolic age has dropped from 48 to 33. Congratulations Carl!

18.51

The Fit Factor finalists are discussing what it was like to take part in the competition

18.52

Carol Sijakovic has lost 2st 2lbs and was the oldest competitor as she is in her early 50s. Well done Carol!

18.54

Craig Barbour was our heaviest competitor at over 23 stone. He has lost a staggering 4st 6lbs in just three months. Well done Craig!

18.55

Gemma Robson has lost a total of 3st 1lb - great effort Gemma!

18.57

Lisa Embleton started as our heaviest female competitor at over 20st. She has lost just under 4 stone. Well done Lisa!

18.59

In total the Fit Factor finalists (including The Journal Editor Brian Aitken) have collectively  lost a total of 23st 7lbs. Amazing!

They all look so different from when they started 12 weeks ago.

19.00

All the finalists have waited long enough - the winner is about to be announced. Good luck to you all!

19.02

Congratulations goes to our first ever Fit Factor couple  Gemma Robson and Carl Martin, who are delighted with the result.

The couple get a round of applause from the audience.

There will now be a short break for winners' press photographs and interviews.

19.18

Here is a photo of all our Fit Factor finalists along with trainer David Fairlamb - don't they look amazing!

The Journal Fit Factor final weigh in with David Fairlamb(centre) from left, Carl Martin, Gemma Robson, Lisa Embleton, Carol Sijakovic, Ashley Cuniff, Brian Aitken, Craig Barbour
The Journal Fit Factor final weigh in with David Fairlamb(centre) from left, Carl Martin, Gemma Robson, Lisa Embleton, Carol Sijakovic, Ashley Cuniff, Brian Aitken, Craig Barbour
 

19.23

Fit Factor trainer David Fairlamb will soon give a motivational speech to the audience at the Hilton Hotel.

19.35

Well that's it for another year as the Fit Factor final comes to an end. Our health reporter Helen Rae says: "It has been a great 12 weeks for the finalists. Congratulations to Gemma and Carl - a well deserved win."

 

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