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Whether they ran, jogged or crawled across the finish line, Diabetes WA was lucky enough to have a group of amazing people take part in the HBF Run for a Reason on May 28.
First cab off the rank was 16-year-old Jake O’Brien who has type 1 diabetes and ran his first-ever half marathon on his own.
The Mazenod College student ran the 21km in an impressive 1 hour 49 minutes.
“I got up, had a normal breakfast like any normal day would be, and just did the run,” he said.
“So the hardest part was actually beginning. Once I got over that it was pretty much easy.”
Blogger Matt Pontel (also known as The Notorious T1D) tracked his blood glucose levels with his CGM the whole way.
“Given my first half-marathon and nerves, my sugars behaved as perfectly as they could,” he said.
Fellow Diabetes WA fundraiser Georgia Evans ran her first half-marathon for her sister Maya who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five years ago.
“I feel pretty exhausted actually,” Georgia said.
“It was six months of training. It’s been a big effort, but I had a lot of support. I’m pretty happy that it’s all done and I actually managed to finish. I’m actually starting to think I should train for a marathon now.”
The queen of fundraising was, without a doubt, Carly Pink-O’Sullivan.
The Margaret River local scored the No. 4 spot on the HBF Run for a Reason individuals leader-board with a grand total of $7340.
Setting herself the running challenge was part of Carly’s ongoing campaign to raise awareness about the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes and share the realities of the condition.
“I get frustrated when people find out I have diabetes and make assumptions and comments,” she said.
“Having type 1 diabetes shouldn’t stop you from leading a healthy and active lifestyle.”
With donations still coming in, more than $40,000 was raised for Diabetes WA to continue its support of people living with and affected by diabetes.
THANK YOU EVERYONE!