Becky, 42, from Devon recently took part in the Bath Half Marathon. Becky is mum to Evie Rose, 12, who was diagnosed with diabetes at 7 years old and auntie to Jude, 2, who was diagnosed at only 13 months old.
Took part in the Bath Half Marathon for Diabetes UK
Becky has taken part in runs before to raise funds and awareness for diabetes and was determined to beat her personal best and challenge herself further - Becky ran the Bath Half in an amazing time (and personal best) of under 2 hours.
Although Becky finds the training and runs hard work she says “I realised that I need to keep running and fundraising so that, hopefully, one day we will find a cure and also that any money we raise could also help with improving ways of managing the condition”.
Becky tried to fit in training around her busy life with early mornings. To motivate herself she kept the image of Evie Rose and Jude at the front of her mind and that made it all worthwhile. Although she feels she is mentally running away from the reality of living with diabetes every day, she says running has improved her mental health as well her physical. She reminds herself that Evie Rose and Jude can’t give up on their diabetes so she can’t give up on them.
“I realised that I need to keep running and fundraising so that, hopefully, one day we will find a cure and also that any money we raise could also help with improving ways of managing the condition”.
Bath Half Marathon
For anyone thinking of taking part in a Diabetes UK fundraising event Becky says “Go for it! I had never run 5 years ago but now it is an essential part of my life, I was so grateful for the DUK cheering station and to have their support at mile 1 and 6 was brilliant, and knowing they were there again at mile 12 really spurred me on, when I felt I had nothing left in the tank!”
"It was such an amazing race day. It was fab to meet the DUK team and fellow runners in the Race Village. The conditions were great and there was such an energetic atmosphere"
As well as fundraising for Diabetes UK, Becky has set up a support group in Plymouth for the children and their families and carers living with diabetes. The Plymouth Sugar Zappers run events with the aim to educate and support the type 1 community whilst ensuring they have fun doing so.
Becky continues to inspire her friends and family with her fundraising efforts. She says she feels proud knowing that her efforts are going to help people affected by diabetes.
Why not be like Becky and join us for the Bath Half Marathon 2020.