I’m pleased to report that the Run was a great success, I was able to get round under my challenge time of 1hr, completing the run in 56:08. I really pushed myself, with the support of my mate Philip Carruthers, who set the pace for me. I was pretty tired at the end, but feel good and am excited to start focusing on February’s challenge (100K Rowing in 12hours). Donations are starting to come in now, but as its the first event I’m hoping the awareness will only grow from here!
WHY DIABETES UK?
January sees me raising money for Diabetes UK a charity close to my heart because my father, along with several of my friends and my grandma, when she was alive, suffer from the condition. My understanding of the disorder was very limited when I was younger and when a colleague at work suffered his first hypoglycaemic attack on site I hadn’t the knowledge, skills or ability to recognise what was going on or how to deal with it.
Fortunately, others in my department did and he was ok. But it made me acutely aware that I needed to learn more about the condition, a fact that was reinforced when my father was diagnosed a short time later. Thanks to understanding gained from this fantastic charity I have been able to support my Dad with his diet and support my colleagues in work to help them manage their illness nd recognise the signs of an oncoming attack much earlier.
READ: A LIFE SO SWEET
by my friend David Sparks
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
For this event I will participate in a 10K run around Draycote Water on January 13th2019. I have never run further than 5k prior to this, so this will test my endurance and has challenged me to adopt a better exercise and diet, in order to train and prepare for the event.
WHO ELSE IS INVOLVED?
Phil will be running with me on the day. As well as being an experienced runner, he really knows his onions when it comes to race day preparation.
He’s a top bloke and great mate bringing a wealth of knowledge to the year’s events and is supporting and advising me in my training for the all physical challenges.
Pete, IT guru, mechanic wizard and champion tea drinker will be providing the all important technical support for this challenge and generally looking after our welfare.
WHO ARE DIABETES UK?
Our vision is a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK. More than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now.
Because we’re the leading UK charity for people affected by diabetes it’s our responsibility to lead the fight against the growing crisis. And this fight is one that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together.
WHO WE ARE
We are 300,000 supporters, 5,000 volunteers and 6,000 healthcare professionals working together to face the challenge of diabetes.
WHAT WE DO
From care and support to prevention, campaigning, fundraising and research, we’re tackling the fastest-growing health threat in the UK.