A mum from Llandysul in Ceredigion has raised more than £1,400 for Diabetes UK Cymru after her son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
Catrin Evans-Thomas, 36, ran the Swansea Half Marathon to raise awareness of the condition after her son, Caio Glyn, 6, was diagnosed in January.
Catrin said: “Caio Glyn was visiting the bathroom more than usual and constantly asking for water. We knew that things weren’t right but had no idea what it could be. I now know that these are two of the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes.
“There has been a lot for our whole family to learn since Caio Glyn was diagnosed. I knew I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the seriousness of Type 1 diabetes as well as the symptoms.”
This was Catrin’s first-ever half marathon but she completed the 13.1-mile course in two hours and one minute, raising an impressive £1431. Catrin, Caio Glyn and little sister Gwenlli, 4, met our Fundraising Manager, Joseph Cuff, to present him with a cheque after the race.
A huge relief
Catrin said: “I found the first 12 miles fine; the cause that I was running for and thinking of Caio Glyn totally pushed me through it. It was just the last mile that was really tough, going over the uphill cobbles in Swansea!
“The end was so overwhelming. I had family and friends at the finish line and I hugged my children so tight. I just felt huge relief, and was so glad I'd done it for Caio Glyn. I said I'd never do another one but we'll see!”