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Diabetes UK at the London Marathon

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Diabetes UK would like to say a huge thank you to all 133 runners who took on the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 26th April as part of Team Diabetes UK. 

Having been cheered on to the finish line by Diabetes UK supporters at miles 12 and 24, the runners are on track to raise an impressive amount of money for the charity.

Anna Schlerf, Fundraising Events Manager at Diabetes UK, said “I want to say a huge thank you to all the Team Diabetes UK runners who have really done us proud. The Virgin Money London Marathon is a massive challenge so to complete it is a fantastic achievement. All the money raised will go a long way to helping the 3.8 million people living with diabetes in the UK.”

We caught up with three Diabetes UK runners, a gruelling 26.2 miles later, as they crossed the finish line:

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Karen WilliamsonKaren Williamson

Karen is running 17 marathons in 12 months for Diabetes UK, including the Virgin Money London Marathon. She chose to run for Diabetes UK because her husband has Type 1 diabetes and she wants to raise awareness of how serious diabetes can be. Karen said “I bumped into two other Team Diabetes UK runners and we did most of the race together. It’s amazing when you see so many people all supporting the cause.”

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Declan CraceDeclan Crace

Declan ran the Virgin Money London Marathon, his first marathon, for Diabetes UK because both of his granddads have Type 2 diabetes. He said “I’m very tired and I can’t believe I’ve completed it, but I have! I wondered if my legs would carry me those last couple of miles but it was great to be cheered on all the way by Team Diabetes UK supporters.”

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Sheila VickersSheila Vickers

Sheila ran the Virgin Money London Marathon in memory of her son Andrew, who sadly passed away just a few days before his 23rd birthday due to complications with his Type 1 diabetes. She has raised over £6,500 so far. Sheila said “I’m exhausted! That was such a difficult challenge but I’m glad I took it on and beat it. It just goes to show what you can achieve when you set your mind to it.”

If you feel inspired to take on the Virgin Money London Marathon in 2016 to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK, please contact Anna Schlerf, Fundraising Events Manager, on 0207 424 1807 or email anna.schlerf@diabetes.org.uk 

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