Becky Hughes, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged 12, is taking on the St Helens 10K after being inspired to get running by her grandad.
The 24-year-old marketing assistant, who also has a blog which she has used to throw light on some of the myths around the condition, completed the run on Sunday 4 March.
Becky said: “My grandad has run all his life and has always encouraged me too. Last year he had a fall which means he hasn’t been able to run which motivated me to get running instead. Until this time last year, I had only ever ran for the bus.”
Becky got involved with her local Park Run at Victoria Park last year and now completes the run every week.
“The Park Run is more like a family to me; they are the most encouraging people around and I can’t thank them enough. A lot of those who take part will be at the St Helens 10K, so we’ll all be cheering each other on.”
The St Helens 10K will be Becky’s first official race. Having lived with Type 1 diabetes for half of her life, she hopes that by raising awareness of her experiences she can help others.
She added: “People with diabetes often worry about controlling their blood glucose levels while exercising. I think it’s about finding a routine that works for you. It took me a while but I’ve now found my balance, I keep an eye on my blood glucose levels and know how to fuel myself for a run. I want to prove that having diabetes won’t hold me back in any challenge I want to take on.”
Vickie Butcher, Diabetes UK Regional Fundraiser said: “We are incredibly grateful to Becky for her hard work and dedication to raising awareness of diabetes. The money raised will help us move closer towards our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.”
To sponsor Becky visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/becky-hughes6