There are a record 157 runners in Team Diabetes UK at the London Marathon this weekend. Together they are running over 4,000 miles, and have already raised almost £200,000 for Diabetes UK.
Here are just three of the runners getting their final training done before the event…
‘I know how much support families need’
Iwan Jones from Llandudno Junction will be tackling the London Marathon to fundraise for Diabetes UK and raise awareness of Type 1 diabetes.
The charity is close to his heart as his niece was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes ten years ago. Iwan, 49, is the headteacher at Ysgol Craig y Don in Llandudno and has first-hand experience of how difficult managing Type 1 diabetes can be for children and young people as several of his current and former pupils have been diagnosed with the condition.
He has been training hard for the event and says: “I decided to challenge myself to run the marathon for Diabetes UK because my niece has Type 1 diabetes as well as young pupils in the schools where I've been headteacher.
"I know how much support families need to cope with the condition and I want to help in any way that I can.
“I have followed research developments closely, and know that Diabetes UK needs funding to support its research activities. I'm convinced that things are going in the right direction and that there will, one day, be a cure for diabetes and I want to make my own contribution.”
To support Iwan, visithis JustGiving page.
Understanding the complexity of diabetes
Mum-of-two Becky Allam, 35, from Bedfordshire, got the running bug a couple of years ago when she joined her local club. She is running to support her husband Mark, 37, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was a healthy 21 year old.
Becky explained the daily impact diabetes has on his life: “Mark injects five times a day and is constantly adjusting his diet and dosage to get the balance of insulin right which is often hard to achieve.”
Becky had first-hand experience of what Mark endures on a daily basis when she developed gestational diabetes in both her pregnancies, she explains: “It wasn’t until I was testing my own blood sugar levels and injecting that I fully understood the complexity of having diabetes. Now with two young daughters we are conscious of making healthier choices for our family and enjoy meal planning and home cooking!
“I have never felt fitter or stronger to take on the challenge of the London Marathon and my place means I have been given a huge opportunity to raise money for a cause very close to my heart.”
To support Becky, visither JustGiving page.
‘Thank you to Diabetes UK for all the support’
Jonathan Morris, a 31-year-old man from Walsall, is running as a tribute to his wife who has lived with Type 1 diabetes from childhood.
He says he is inspired by the way his wife Susie copes with the condition every day of her life.
Physio Jonathan has been training hard for the event and said: “My wife has had the condition since she was just seven years old. Throughout her life she has battled bravely, facing four injections a day despite being afraid of them.
“She is an amazing mum to our two beautiful daughters. Our eldest daughter Alicia was born with a hole in the heart and had surgery at three months old. She is doing really well. Susie is such an amazing mum, the way she cares for our children is second to none and I’m immensely proud of her.
“She was my rock when my mum died in 2012 and I want to do this to make her proud of me and say thank you to Diabetes UK for all the support you had given Susie over the years.”
To sponsor Jonathan, visithis JustGiving page.
If you’re inspired by Iwan’s, Becky’s or Jonathan’s stories, see what other events we have coming up onour Fundraising Events pages.