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Mum gets set to conquer Cardiff Half for daughter with Type 1 diabetes

A mum from Cardiff will be taking on the Cardiff Half Marathon to raise funds for Diabetes UK Cymru after her daughter was diagnosed with Type 1.


Amanda Lyon, 36, said her world was turned upside down when Emily, 5, was diagnosed with the condition in January.

Now she is determined to complete the 13.1-mile challenge on Sunday 7 October to raise awareness of the condition.

Tired, Toilet, Thirsty, Thinner

Amanda said, “During the run up to Christmas Emily was very tired and drinking lots of water, but diabetes never crossed my mind. I took her to the doctor in January and thankfully they recognised the symptoms of the 4Ts and gave her a finger prick test straight away.

“Emily is already amazing at managing her condition, she finger prick tests herself and is even able to inject herself at school with a teacher’s supervision.

Amanda only started running this year and this will be her first half marathon. Her friends and colleagues will be lining the route to cheer her on, while Emily, elder daughter Ruby and husband Stuart will meet her at the finish line.

Running for Emily

Amanda continued, “I only started training from scratch in February and have now progressed up to 10k runs. My family and friends can’t believe how far I’ve come – usually I’m not the most active of people!”

“I’m running for Emily, who will have to deal with diabetes every day of her life. I wanted to give back and dedicate as much of my time to raising awareness of the condition and supporting charities like Diabetes UK Cymru.”

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