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Mum takes on world’s biggest half marathon for Diabetes UK Cymru

Jen Matchett completed the Great North Run in support of her dad, who has Type 1 diabetes.


A mum from Pontypridd tackled the Great North Run on Sunday 9 September to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK Cymru.

Jen Matchett, 32, chose to run the world’s biggest half marathon in support of her dad David, 56, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1991.

Jen completed the 13.1 mile run in two hours and 42 minutes. Officially the world’s biggest half marathon, the race saw over 50,000 runners take on the route from Newcastle City Centre to the coast in South Shields via the iconic Tyne Bridge.

Cheered every step of the way

Jen said, “The Great North Run was an amazing experience, there was such a community spirit of encouragement there. It was fantastic to pass the Diabetes UK supporters on the route, who cheered us on every step of the way.

“I was running with my two friends, Victoria and Mark, who really spurred me on. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Seeing how proud my dad and two daughters were at the end made it all worthwhile.”

Our Fundraising Manager Joseph Cuff said, “We’re really grateful to Jen for taking on this challenge for us in honour of her dad, David. The money raised will help us fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns to change the lives of people with diabetes across Wales, and their families.”

Click here to sponsor Jen.

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