Team of runners from University of Chester support people with diabetes

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Staff reporter (Chester Standard)

A TEAM of University of Chester students have taken part in the Liverpool Half Marathon to help people living with diabetes.

One of the students who took part in the run, Zac Broad, 21, was diagnosed with Type One diabetes in 2010.

He said: “A number of the team have been affected by diabetes in some way, whether they’ve been diagnosed themselves or have a family member with the condition and know the impact it can have on people’s lives.

“This is why we wanted to run for Diabetes UK, in order to support people with diabetes.”

Team member Hayley Scott, 23, said: “As a trainee nurse I know how and what effect diabetes can have on people’s health and want to help out a great cause in any way I can.”

The run on Sunday started and ended at the World Heritage site of Pier Head and took in views of some of the city’s most iconic scenery, such as the Liver Building and the River Mersey.

The group trained on the streets in and around Chester including on the walls, in Hoole and even into North Wales.

Zac, of Stevenage, added: “As well as raising awareness of diabetes and supporting others, as a member of the University of Chester Tennis Club and taking part in this race, I want to show that diabetes doesn’t have to stop you doing anything.”

Maria Whittaker, Diabetes UK regional fundraiser, said: “We’re extremely grateful for the hard work all the team have put into this challenge to raise funds to help people with diabetes and increase awareness of the condition. Their efforts will help us realise our vision of a world where diabetes can do no harm.”

There’s still time to sponsor the team. If you would like to support their fundraising efforts visit www.justgiving.com/companyteams/UoCTennis

To find out more about diabetes and Diabetes UK visit:www.diabetes.org.uk

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