Four colleagues from Hywel Dda University Health Board’s diabetes team have joined #TeamDUK for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.
Michelle Whittal-Williams, Laura Jones, Krystle Gunner and Sarah Bruce are all based at the Diabetes Centre at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen.
They were inspired to take up the challenge by their patients as well as their own families’ experiences of diabetes.
Making our patients proud
The awesome foursome are training hard for the event on Sunday 23 June. Earlier this month they won the team event at the Carmarthen Mayor’s 5K Fun Run.
Michelle, a medical secretary, said, “Every day we see people living with diabetes who are facing really challenging situations. The way they deal with struggles is really inspiring.
“We wanted to raise awareness of how tough living with diabetes can be, as well as raise money for Diabetes UK Cymru. We’re determined to have a great race and make our patients proud.”
Family reason to run
Krystle, a specialist nurse, also has a personal reason for running.
Krystle said, “I work with children and young people with Type 1 diabetes and my brother, Ben, also has the condition. I wanted to take on a challenge to raise awareness and funds to help improve all their futures.”
Sarah, 42, continued, “Helping people who are living with diabetes to complete sporting challenges is so inspirational. They have to overcome so many more challenges besides the usual training woes and it makes me feel so proud to see what they achieve.”
We’re delighted to have Michelle, Laura, Krystle and Sarah on our team for this year’s race and can’t wait to cheer them across the finish line!
You can sponsor the colleagues here.
Get your place today
General entry for the JCP Swansea Half Marathon is now closed, but we still have guaranteed charity places on #TeamDUK! Get yours here.