Diabetes UK appeals for keen runners

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Diabetes UK is appealing for keen runners in Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford to sign up for the Brighton Half Marathon.

The run takes place on February 22 and Diabetes UK still has a few places left.

Brighton’s 13.1 mile road running event has now become one of the most popular shorter distance sporting events in the country.

The race route goes through some of the city’s most iconic sights starting on the seafront at the Brighton Marina and then takes in the city centre, Royal Pavilion and stretches of coastal road.

The Brighton Half Marathon finishes at Madeira Drive, just east of the city’s pier.

Across the Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford area there are currently around 9,300 people living with diabetes, as well as around 3,400 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.

Fiona Streeter, Diabetes UK events manager, said, “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 or email Nicola Verra at nicola.verra@diabetes.org.uk.