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From running only 200m to a Half Marathon

Steve, a born and bred Mancunian, living in Sheffield, returned to his hometown to tackle his fears and conquer the 2019 Manchester Half Marathon.

Steve, 42 
Sheffield

'I would encourage anyone who didn’t think it was possible to run 10k to sign up, as I hadn’t even run 200 meters before January, and the health benefits that running has brought have been amazing.

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Never imagining it to be possible, Steve was excited to face the crowds and show his family what he was made of. He didn’t deny that he was feeling nervous about running in front of so many people. He’s naturally quite shy, and would be more tempted by a Saturday lie-in than running a half marathon. But with his family on the side-lines, and an atmosphere like no other, he couldn’t wait to get going. 

Having never fundraised before, he took on our fundraising tips and advice and raised over £300, as well as a better awareness amongst his friends and neighbours.

There's no stopping Steve

Steve is an example of someone who has pushed himself out of his comfort zone, and come out thriving. His wife recently said he even smiles in his sleep. He loved the challenge so much that he’s caught the worm and bought an early bird ticket for next year. And it doesn’t stop there. He’s hoping to head further North and tackle the Great North Run 2020 too. 

We are so inspired by the enthusiasm and joy that Steve has brought to our team. If you'd like to be a part of that, and join him next year on the running tracks, get in touch on events.fundraising@diabetes.org.uk or give us a call on 0345 123 2399.

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