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Diabetes UK at the London Marathon

All eyes were on London on Sunday as the London Marathon coursed through the capital’s streets.

Diabetes UK had 165 runners taking part and raising money for the charity, many of them decked out with Crazy Hair, and an army of supporters were waiting at miles 12 and 24 to cheer them on.

We spoke to three Diabetes UK runners after they had crossed the finishing line to see how they felt.

Andy Clark

Andy lives in Spain and came over with his whole family to run the London Marathon for Diabetes UK. So far Andy has raised £1,000 and has some other events coming up. Andy finished the marathon in 3hrs 37m.

"I have Type 1 diabetes and I've had a lot of help from Diabetes UK in terms of advice and wanted to give something back. The cheer points were fantastic. The kids were there and they got all dressed up. Last year I did 3 hours

Tim Chambers

Tim from Winchester was third in for Diabetes UK with a time of 3hours 58m.

"I was going for under four hours so I'm pleased. My wife has Type 1 diabetes and I would like to raise money for research into the cause. The cheer points were great - I had my blue hair on at the first point but I couldn't wear it all the time because it was too hot. I'd lost it by about mile 20 anyway! I've done the Great South Run for Diabetes UK before and now I've done the London Marathon. I'm really glad I've ticked that box but I'm not sure I could do another one."

Adewale Oyewole

Adee from Clapham raised £430 and finished in 3 hours 32m 33secs.

"I was hoping for 3 hours 30 minutes so it's OK. I'm running for Diabetes UK because my dad's got diabetes. The cheering at the Diabetes UK cheer points was so helpful. When I ran past I was high fiving everyone. At the moment I don't know if I would run another marathon but ask me again later!"

Diabetes UK London Marathon in Numbers

  • 1 London marathon
  • 2 megaphones
  • 49 registrations already for next year’s marathon
  • 62 crazy hairs
  • 165 Diabetes UK runners
  • 200 sandwiches
  • 221 cheerers
  • 300 ‘bang bang’ sticks
  • 324 balloons
  • 1,650 iron on letters
  • 4323 miles in total run (That’s the distance from London to Mumbai)!
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