My daughter Megan was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on 25 Feb 2014... It was a bolt out of the blue, as it is with most families. I've always run since I was very young, and 5 days after her diagnosis I was due to run the Reading Half marathon, despite only getting 15 hours sleep in 5 days that week Megan insisted I ran it, and did it for her. I followed a runner for the last 3 miles who was running for Diabetes UK, which heightened the emotion at the finish, but also gave me an idea. I said I would never EVER run a marathon but maybe I now had the motivation to give it a go. So several months down the line and I've bagged a place at this years London Marathon running for Diabetes UK, training is underway, and so is fundraising. I've been challenged to raise £1850 but would like to raise £2,500, and so far so good.
You can sponsor Helen at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Brookerbakes and read more about the trials and tribulations of Helen's training on her blog - http://runningmum73.wordpress.com
Helen is organising the Type Onesie Mile, a "fun-run" event, on Saturday 28th February (1 year after Megan got out of hospital). The event will take place at Down Grange athletics track, where kids of all ages can run a mile in their onesies to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK (£2.50 to enter). For more information on the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org or download the flyer that will be included in the information packs going out to schools in Basingstoke in the next couple of weeks. There will be lots prizes and other fun activities and some silly events for the grown ups and under 5s too (onesies compulsory attire!).