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Congratulations to our runners at Bupa Great Manchester Run 2012

A big thank you to all our runners who ran for Diabetes UK in the 10th Bupa Great Manchester Run, that took place in Manchester city centre yesterday (Sunday) morning.

The event saw 40,000 people take part in the 10k race and almost 2,000 runners formed the Diabetes UK team.

Thank you

Diabetes UK North West Fundraising Manager, Kate McKie, said, “On behalf of Diabetes UK, I’d like to thank everybody who ran with us yesterday at the Bupa Great Manchester Run, and everyone who came to support the team. They were all part of something great. 

"The fundraising efforts of runners will go a long way in helping Diabetes UK continue to support people diagnosed with diabetes, as well as identifying those people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.”

For many of the Diabetes UK team, the condition is very close to their hearts as they know someone affected by diabetes.  With 2.9 million people in the UK currently diagnosed with diabetes, it’s one of the biggest health challenges in the UK today.

Running to raise awareness

Salford Quays resident, Angela Hendry, 29, was part of the Diabetes UK team and she was running for her wife Dawn, who has had Type 1 diabetes for 25 years. She said, “Dawn has suffered from several complications with her diabetes, including Autonomic Neuropathy and unconscious hypoglycaemia (when the blood sugar levels become very low) while she’s awake and asleep.

"I ran the Bupa Great Manchester Run to support Dawn, and the millions of other people with diabetes in the UK, to raise awareness of the seriousness of the condition.  I loved hearing everyone cheering my name on the big blue Diabetes UK bus as I ran past and it spurred me on to the end of the race!”

Celebrity support

Also running as part of the Diabetes UK team were three celebrity runners: Hollyoaks star Darren Jeffries, Coronation Street actor Phil McGinley, and TV presenter Jamie Darling.

Diabetes UK and Bupa working together

Bupa has selected Diabetes UK as its nominated charity partner for this year’s Bupa Great Run Series, which includes yesterday’s race. Over the course of the series the charity is hoping to sign up 10,000 runners to the Diabetes UK team.Regular exercise, including running, reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as helping to manage Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes more effectively.  By working together, Diabetes UK and Bupa are promoting healthier lifestyles through regular exercise and improved diet.

Money raised from the Bupa Great Manchester Run, and the entire Bupa Great Run Series, will be used to hold a series of Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows throughout the country. These roadshows will help to prevent Type 2 diabetes by identifying those at high risk, as well as identifying some of the estimated 850,000 people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes, but do not know it.

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