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HealthNet Homecare Social Values Manager to run 1,600km for Diabetes UK this April

HealthNet Homecare Social Values Manager, Josh Hinton, is attempting to become the first Type 1 Diabetic to run the length of the UK, from John O’Groats to Lands’ End, to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Josh is aiming to complete the 1600 kilometre run in just 27 days, finishing at Lands’ End on April 27th.  He will turn 26 years old during his run.

At a total distance of 1,600km and with an 18,200m elevation gain, this is a massive challenge for me,” says Josh. “It equates to 61km per day, or around 1.4 marathons every day for 27 days.”

Josh was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was 11 years old. 

“Whilst I’ve been fortunate enough to have reasonable control of the condition since diagnosis, with minimal impact on my day-to-day life, many have not,” he says. 

“Diabetes UK does an absolutely marvellous job at empowering those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes to take control of their condition. I’m truly determined to show any diabetic that their condition does not define them. I’m hoping that my completion of this challenge empowers somebody, somewhere, to push their body to its limits and see what it’s capable of.”

Diabetes UK estimates that more than five million people in the UK are living with diabetes, which, it says, is an all-time high.  Its data shows that more 4.3 million people in the UK live with diabetes.

Additionally, 850,000 people could be living with diabetes who are yet to be diagnosed. Around 8% of people with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.  

How To Donate

To support Josh, visit his Just Giving page