A DAD whose two children both have type one diabetes is to take part in the Great North Run for Diabetes UK.
Ian Womersley, whose daughter Alex, 17, and son Martyn, 20, were diagnosed four years ago, will take part in September’s race – with Martyn by his side.
Ian, 44, said he last took part in a half marathon more than 20 years ago, and he said there was a friendly rivalry between him and his son with each of them keen to cross the finish line first.
He said: “As Martyn is a student at Newcastle University I’m not sure he is getting much training in, so I’m confident I will pip him at the finish line!
“I am running for the great cause of Diabetes UK to support all the excellent work they are doing to make life easier for those who face a life of diabetes.
“Not only will I be asking friends and family to sponsor me, but I also want to raise awareness of the important work Diabetes UK does to support people living with diabetes right here in our region.”
He said he was hoping to finish the race in under two hours and was already planning to take on the London Marathon next year.
He said: “If my training goes well and I can build up my fitness, I’m really keen to take on the challenge of the London Marathon. I was in the capital on the day of the famous race, this year and the atmosphere was incredible.”
Ann Rowe, regional fundraising manager for Diabetes UK Northern and Yorkshire, said: “We are really pleased that people like Ian and Martyn are taking part in the Bupa Great North Run for Diabetes UK. Without the support of our fundraisers we would not be able to continue the important work we do supporting people who have diabetes and funding vital research into a future cure.”