Hitting the miles for diabetes cause

Long-distance charity runner John Rowley, born and raised in Morpeth, with wife Elizabeth.
Long-distance charity runner John Rowley, born and raised in Morpeth, with wife Elizabeth.

A MORPETH man will push his body to the limit to raise funds and awareness of the disease he needs to manage every day.

The challenge that John Rowley will take on in May involves running 30 miles twice over a weekend through the New Forest in Hampshire.

He and his wife Elizabeth both have type one diabetes and the money he collects will go to AYUDA – a non-profit organisation that uses international volunteers to help children and their relatives living with the disease in countries where sufferers receive much less medical support and information than those in wealthier nations.

In addition, it will play a part in enabling Mrs Rowley to go to the Dominican Republic for three weeks to help run a summer camp for children with type one diabetes that will motivate them to lead healthier and happier lives.

Mr Rowley lived in Fulbeck growing up and he attended Chantry Middle School and King Edward VI School. The 29-year-old now lives in London and is a planning policy officer for the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

He said: “About six years ago, I was going to the toilet a lot more and lost quite a bit of weight and when my sister said I looked unwell at a family gathering, I knew I needed to see a doctor.

“I was diagnosed with type one diabetes and it’s something that I have to think about constantly. I use an insulin pump and I need to check my blood sugar levels at least six times a day.

“I started running regularly three years ago to improve my fitness and long-term health. I then thought that I should do something useful with it and I did the Brighton Marathon last year for type one diabetes charity JDRF.

“I’m really excited about the challenge I’m taking on in May – I’ll be pushing my body to see what it can achieve.”

More details about the run and summer camp, and a web link to click to make a donation, are available at http://t1international.com/ayuda