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Ironman with diabetes takes on Australia

Mark Golding, 32, from Milton Keynes, is training to tackle the biggest challenge of his life – the gruelling Ironman Western Australia Triathlon.

In December, Mark will travel to Busselton, near Perth, to swim 2.4 miles and cycle 112 miles before finishing with a 26.2 mile run, all in aid of Diabetes UK and The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Mark will also compete in a half Ironman in June in Exmoor.

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2005, he has completed several fun runs, half marathons and marathons; but 2008 will be his ultimate physical test and he hopes to raise £15,000 for the charities that he passionately backs.

Cutting back on the beer

“I was very shocked when I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, but, after I got used to the idea, I wanted to prove that the condition needn’t stop me achieving extraordinary things," said Mark.

“I completely changed my lifestyle. I started eating sensibly, cut back on the beer and began exercising. Endurance events seemed to be a good way to both prove my point and raise money to help other people affected by diabetes.

“This year will be the biggest challenge of my life, but I am determined to complete both events because I want people to see that diabetes need not be the burden that some people think it is.”

Courage and determination

Penny January, Fundraising Manager for Diabetes UK South East, said: “It takes courage and determination to train and complete such an enormous challenge and we wish Mark every success. Diabetes is a serious condition which affects 2.3 million people in the UK. The money raised by Mark will help to fund our vital work.”

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