A visually-impaired Paralympian from Cardiff was among the 25,000 people running the Cardiff Half Marathon on Sunday 1 October.
The Cardiff Half Marathon is the second-biggest half marathon in the UK, and Wales’ biggest fundraising event. This year, more than 180 colleagues from Tesco stores across Wales took part to raise funds for Diabetes UK and the BHF as part of the National Charity Partnership between Diabetes UK, the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and Tesco.
Tracey Hinton, 47, ran with her partner Ralph Morris, 45, as he tackled his first big running event.
10 months of training
Ralph first laced up his running shoes in January when his line manager at Tesco Maesteg Superstore asked if he’d be interested in running the Cardiff Half Marathon. Ralph asked Tracey to join him for support and the two trained together for 10 months.
Tracey has had an illustrious athletic career spanning 20 years. She has competed in six Paralympics in a variety of sprinting events, ranging from the 100m to the 800m. She is the 800m world record holder in her class. Tracey is also a seasoned marathon runner, and this April she completed the London Marathon in four and a half hours.
Tracey said, “Ralph and I wanted to raise awareness of how important it is to keep fit and healthy, while running in support of a fantastic cause! Both of our mothers had diabetes, so we know what people with the condition deal with every day.
“We had a fantastic time at the marathon. I was very proud of Ralph. He used to struggle to run for more than five minutes at a time, but he managed to complete the Cardiff Half in two hours 37 minutes. It is a testament to what you can do when you put your mind to something, and I hope his journey will inspire others to get active.”
The National Charity Partnership aims to tackle two of the UK’s biggest health issues – Type 2 diabetes and heart and circulatory disease. For more information, please go to lets-dothis.org.uk.