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London Marathon challenge for Kirkby fundraiser

Posted onPosted on 13th Mar

A Kirkby man is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to run this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon and raise money for Diabetes UK.

Sandeep Chauhan, 38, was inspired to take on the gruelling 26-mile challenge on 22nd April after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and seeing members of his family living with the chronic condition.

It will be Sandeep’s first marathon and, in preparation, he has recently joined a running club and run a few half-marathons.

Sandeep (pictured with his fiancée, Michelle Tilbury) is aiming to raise £1,850 for Diabetes UK as he wants to support the charity’s research programme.

“I live with Type 2 diabetes. I’m fortunate that I can control my diabetes with diet and exercise, but having to take medication isn’t far off,” he said.

“By training for London, I want to lose weight, improve my health and fitness and see how long I can stay off medication. London is the first step in a lifelong battle to control my diabetes.

“Being of Asian descent I knew I was at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. I have seen the impact it has had on the health of people close to me. I want to do all I can to help myself and others.

“I’m very lucky as I have amazing support from my family and friends.”

Rachel Mann-Bradbury, Diabetes UK East Midlands fundraiser, said: “Our much-needed work wouldn’t be possible without the determination and generosity of our incredible fundraisers.”

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