Andrew Clayton, 36, will be taking in part in the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April, raising funds for Diabetes UK.
He says: “After a visit to my GP and some blood tests, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At the time I weighed over 26 stone and I knew I needed to make some lifestyle changes − I’ve lost over eight and a half stone since then.”
Andrew changed his diet by cutting out fatty and sugary foods and swapping them for healthier options. He also started running and has since taken part in 5k and 10k races and seven half-marathons. The 26-mile race around the capital will be Andrew’s first full marathon.
He added: “It will probably be my last! I’m looking forward to the challenge though. Running has made a huge difference to my life and my fitness level. It’s great to be able to now go out for an eight mile run without feeling wiped out. I hope that by supporting Diabetes UK, I can help other people living with the condition.”
Maria Whittaker, our Regional Fundraiser said: “Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity of our incredible fundraisers.
“We are extremely grateful to Andrew for his hard work – running a marathon is no mean feat! The money raised will help fund ground-breaking research, care services and campaigns that can change the lives of those living with diabetes.”