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Zoe aims to run into the record books

Zoe Lavery from Exeter is hoping to break a record when she enters the Swansea Half Marathon in June.


On Saturday, 23 June, Zoe, 27, will be joining a team of Diabetes UK runners in a bid to break the world record for the largest number of people with type 1 diabetes to run a half marathon. Zoe, a specialist nurse, was diagnosed with the condition the previous year when she was training for the Brighton Marathon.

She said: “I lost a lot of weight, I was thirsty and was weeing loads, all classic symptoms of diabetes. First of all, I thought it was down to my training plan but later I tested positive for type 1 diabetes. Learning how to manage it has been a massive learning curve.”

Determined to continue running after her diagnosis, Zoe joined the Diabetes UK Cymru team which broke the world record last year in the JCP Swansea Half Marathon. This year, the Welsh office is hoping to recruit even more runners with type 1 diabetes from all over the country in order to smash their own record.

Charity places are open to anyone, whether they have type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, or just want to fundraise for Diabetes UK.

Zoe Lavery is training hard for this year’s event with the support of friends with type 1 diabetes whom she met during last year’s record-breaking run.

She said: “To find people with a similar running passion and lots of great information was amazing. I know I can always ask for advice or even motivation when I'm feeling a tad defeated.”

She is also part of a social group in Exeter with several other young adults with type 1 diabetes. They meet up every six weeks for a meal out.

Get in touch to secure a Diabetes UK Cymru charity place for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon on Sunday 23 June 2019.

For more information about and support for living with diabetes in Exeter, contact Diabetes UK Exeter local group.

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