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Thousands take part in Bupa Great North Run on behalf of Diabetes UK

We would like to say a huge thank you to the more-than 2,500 runners who took part in this year's Bupa Great North Run on behalf of Diabetes UK.

The event, which is held in Newcastle and Gateshead, is Britain's largest half marathon, and this year saw a record number of participants. Thanks to the amazing efforts of all our runners, we hope to raise more than £500,000 to help fund our vital work.

For many in the Diabetes UK team, the condition is very close to their hearts as they know, or knew, someone affected by diabetes. With 3.7 million people in the UK with diabetes, it’s one of the biggest health challenges in the UK today.

Thank you to everybody who took part

Julie Nattrass, Diabetes UK North East Fundraising Manager, said, "On behalf of Diabetes UK, I’d like to thank everybody who ran with us yesterday at the Bupa Great North Run, and everyone who came to support the team. They were all part of something great.

"The fundraising efforts of runners will go a long way in helping Diabetes UK continue to support people diagnosed with diabetes, as well as identifying those people who are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes."

Bupa Great Run Series

We are proud to have been selected by Bupa as its nominated charity partner for this year’s Bupa Great Run Series, which includes yesterday’s race. Over the course of the series, we hope to sign up 10,000 runners to the Diabetes UK team. Regular exercise, including running, reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, as well as helping to manage both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes more effectively. By working together, Diabetes UK and Bupa are promoting healthier lifestyles through regular exercise and improved diet.

Money raised from the Bupa Great North Run, and the entire Bupa Great Run Series, is being used to hold a series of Healthy Lifestyle Roadshows throughout the country. These roadshows will help to prevent Type 2 diabetes by identifying those at high risk, as well as identifying some of the estimated 850,000 people in the UK who have Type 2 diabetes but do not know it.

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