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Young runners lead the way for Diabetes UK

An estimated £200,000 has been raised by our runners in the Great North Run and Junior North Run, which took place on Sunday 1 October.

“We would like to thank all our runners who took part in the Great North Run," said Linda Wood, Northern & Yorkshire regional manager for Diabetes UK.

"It has been great fun working with all the runners and we hope they enjoyed the experience. We hope that many, if not all, will return to run for Diabetes UK in 2007."

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Among our runners were several young supporters of Diabetes UK who took part in the three-mile Junior Great North Run. Sophie (pictured right), aged 9, who has Type 1 diabetes, said prior to the event: “I have always been determined not to let my diabetes stop me from doing the things I like."

"This will be my first Junior Great North Run and I am really looking forward to taking part. I really wanted to do something that will help other children with diabetes. It will be a fun day and a chance to help a good cause.”

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Other runners included young Philip (pictured left) and his sister Josie with her two friends, Shauna and Ashleigh (pictured below). All ran in support of Philip and Josie’s father, who has diabetes.

Philip, who has taken part in the Junior Run for the past four years, completed the three-mile course in an amazing 24 minutes and 59 seconds. Josie and her friends completed the run in pink tutus, a growing trend among our runners.

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Alexander (pictured at the top of the page), who's 8 years old, also took part for the first time. He enjoyed it so much he has already vowed to do it again next year.

Over the past five years the number of children under 5 diagnosed with insulin dependent Type 1 diabetes has doubled.

Diabetes UK funds over £6 million of research towards a cure and better care for people with diabetes and relies entirely on its voluntary donations.

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