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Type 1 runner sets sights on New York Marathon

Success at the Swansea Half Marathon was just a warm up for Mark Morelle. This November, he’ll be jetting out to take on his first international marathon in New York.


Our Type 1 team

Mark, 44, from Mold, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was just nine years old, but has never let it get in the way of an active lifestyle. He has completed the London Marathon twice, and last month ran the JCP Swansea Half Marathon as part of our Type 1 team.

Next, he will be representing Diabetes UK Cymru at the iconic New York City Marathon in November.

More determined than ever

Mark said, “I thought running the Swansea Half Marathon with Diabetes UK Cymru would be a great opportunity to meet others with the condition and share our experiences. I met some really lovely people and it was great to be able to talk about the challenges of running with Type 1, as well as the events we’ve got coming up next.

I really enjoyed Swansea, especially the cheering points, which really gave me a lift. The stretch along the coast felt like it would never end! But the scenery was beautiful and I’d love to come back again next year.

I hope to do a few more half marathons before New York. While a marathon is always an enormous challenge, I feel more determined than ever to show others that Type 1 diabetes should not stop you from achieving amazing things.”

Positive attitude

We were delighted to have Mark on our Type 1 team in Swansea, and we hope his story and positive attitude inspires others with the condition. We wish him all the best with his next challenge in New York. 

Feel inspired to lace up your trainers? Find out how to join #TeamDUK at an upcoming running event.

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