Yep it's close. We have people from around that area. I started in early August and at a guess (WI tomorrow!) I've lost about 65lbs - er (quick calculate) 4st 9lbs.
I hope Lynne will suit your gfm. There are lots of groups to choose from, and all types and ages. Lynne's very busy! I think she's very good. She's very nice and supportive but quite strict on the abstinence. But then I think you have to be if people are to take it seriously and get the results they're paying for. She's good on the counselling too. But, as I said, there are a few people who just don't like her, though I can't see why myself. I guess you just can't please all the people all the time! Good luck to your gfm.