Set­ting a chal­lenge for you to run for us

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

DI­A­BETES UK is ap­peal­ing for keen run­ners to take on a new chal­lenge and sign up to the Brighton Half Marathon to raise vi­tal funds for the char­ity on Fe­bru­ary 22, 2015.

Di­a­betes UK still has a few places left for the 13.1-mile road run­ning event, which has now be­come one of the most popular shorter dis­tance sport­ing events in the coun­try.

The route goes through some of the city’s most iconic sights, start­ing on the sea front at Brighton Ma­rina, tak­ing in the city cen­tre, Royal Pavil­ion and stretches of coastal road, and fin­ish­ing at Madeira Drive, just east of Brighton Pier.

Across the Chiltern area there are cur­rently about 14,000 peo­ple liv­ing with di­a­betes, as well as about 5,200 who have Type 2 di­a­betes but don’t know it. Di­a­betes is se­ri­ous – it can lead to dev­as­tat­ing com­pli­ca­tions such as blind­ness, kid­ney fail­ure, heart dis­ease, stroke and am­pu­ta­tion.

Run­ning is a great way to keep phys­i­cally ac­tive, which is re­ally im­por­tant for both pre­vent­ing Type 2 di­a­betes and for help­ing to man­age di­a­betes if you al­ready have it.

As part of the Di­a­betes UK team, you’ll be rais­ing money to pro­vide vi­tal in­for­ma­tion and support for peo­ple with di­a­betes and last year our run­ners raised close to £10,000. You will also help in­crease aware­ness of the con­di­tion, par­tic­u­larly to those who are at risk or are liv­ing with di­a­betes but are not aware of it, as well as fund pi­o­neer­ing re­search into the con­di­tion.

We want to en­cour­age ev­ery­one – from com­plete novices to ex­pe­ri­enced run­ners – to take part in the Brighton Half Marathon. We of­fer plenty of support to all our run­ners through­out their run­ning jour­ney, in­clud­ing mo­ti­va­tional tips and ad­vice on how to train, as well as fundrais­ing ideas.

The money raised from the Brighton Half Marathon will help us to make a real dif­fer­ence to many peo­ple af­fected by di­a­betes.

To sign up to the chal­lenge, visit www.di­a­betes.org.uk/ Get_in­volved/Fundrais­ing-events/ Brighton-Half-Marathon/, email Ni­cola.Verra@di­a­betes.org.uk, or call 0345 123 2399.

FIONA STREETER Di­a­betes UK events man­ager

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