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Go the extra mile for Diabetes UK

The ballot for the Bupa Great North Run 2010 is now open and Diabetes UK is urging runners to go the extra mile and sign up to run for the health charity.

Last year Team Diabetes UK was made up of more than 950 runners who helped raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity by being sponsored to take part in the 13.1-mile race.

This year Diabetes UK wants to beat this target and recruit more than 1,000 runners for the run, which takes place on Sunday 19 September in Newcastle.

The ballot will close on Monday 8 February and anyone who has not been successful in obtaining a place through it will then be able to apply for one of the limited Diabetes UK charity places. To register in the ballot visit the Great Run websiteand if you wish to run on behalf of Diabetes UK, you can select the charity from the drop-down list.

“If you are a keen runner and fancy a challenge, make sure that you enter the ballot for the Bupa Great North Run today," said Lisa Stafford, Regional Fundraising Officer for Diabetes UK Northern and Yorkshire.

"Running for Diabetes UK means that you will be making your miles go further by helping to fund vital research work and other diabetes-related projects.”

Diabetes UK is aiming to spend more than £6.5 million on research in 2010.

If you are fit, keen and interested in making a difference, contact Lisa Stafford on 01325 488606 or emaillisa.stafford@diabetes.org.uk.

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