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Ella takes on 10K, 10 years after Type 1 diagnosis


Ella is taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival running the 10K. This year marks 10 years since Ella was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Coincidentally Ella is running the 10K in the Edinburgh Marathon Festival on the 25th May – the same day she was diagnosed 10 years earlier.

Aged 19
Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland


Ella says we have helped her and her family so much in the past with support and helping her gain confidence in dealing with and managing her diabetes. We also help remind Ella that she can do anything she wants to do and diabetes shouldn’t have to restrict your capabilities.

“I want to show people that although this will affect your day to day living, I can still do everything that non-diabetics can do”

Although Ella is an active person she is expecting the 10K to be a challenge but is determined to push herself towards the finish line to complete it. Taking part in one of our events is so important to her as she wants to raise as much money for research and hopes to raise as much awareness as possible. She feels it is important people understand what diabetes is, the harm it can do and the stress is puts on the person as well as their family and friends.

Ella wants young newly diagnosed Type 1 people to know that they don’t have to be restricted in what they can achieve, “When I was first diagnosed, I definitely thought my life would have new restrictions and limitations and that I would not be able to achieve everything I wanted to. However, through events organised by Diabetes UK I have met so many inspiring people who showed me that this was not true, I want to be able to carry on this message and be a positive example.”

Ella says Diabetes UK support so many people each day and without them she would definitely not be as confident with her diabetes as she is today, her advice for others thinking about taking part is “taking part is going to be difficult but if you sign up, I know at the finish line you will feel so proud that you have done your bit to help this charity continue to help others like me” and adds “I feel very proud that I have decided to undertake this challenge and that so many people have put their support behind me already”.

We’re so proud of Ella taking on the 10K and know that her efforts are helping so many people. Edinburgh Marathon Festival is a fantastic multi distant event that takes place on the 25th & 26th May 2019, if you’re interested and have any questions please email

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