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Diabetic mum prepares for marathon challenge

Posted on Thursday 19th April 2018 at 9:43 am by SH (Editor)

Photo of Shannon and Daniel Jones, with their daughter Bronwen.

A young Stoke Gifford mum is aiming to raise funds for a national diabetes charity by running the London Marathon just 12 months after giving birth to her first child.

Eight weeks into her pregnancy, Shannon Jones was found to have a high glucose reading and the condition was initially treated as gestational diabetes.

However, following three to four weeks of further investigations, doctors confirmed that she in fact has Type 1 diabetes, the rarer of two forms of lifelong diabetes.

Shannon’s husband Daniel, who will also run the marathon, alongside his wife, explained:

“Following the diagnosis, Shannon quickly became insulin dependent. The NHS were great and gave us a lot of support and reassurance. The diagnosis was a massive shock, but she has dealt with it tremendously, despite the obvious life-changing adjustments.”

Just six weeks after the arrival of their daughter, Bronwen, in April 2017, the couple decided they would like to run the 2018 London Marathon and raise funds for Diabetes UK. Shannon began her training just four months after giving birth and says she “must be mad” to do it whilst looking after and feeding a baby, not to mention managing her ongoing diabetes.

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Stoke Gifford man runs London Marathon in memory of dad

Posted on Friday 11th April 2014 at 10:00 am by SH (Editor)

Marathon runners Paul Adams (left) and Andrew Turner.

A Stoke Gifford man is running this weekend’s London Marathon in memory of his dad who passed away in 2011.

Paul Adams, 33, is taking on the 26.2-mile challenge along with partner Andrew Turner, on behalf of local charity St Peter’s Hospice, which cared for Paul’s dad Barry Adams in his final days.

Paul, a pension administrator at Aon Hewitt, said:

“My Dad passed away in 2011. His wish was to pass away at home surrounded by family and it was St Peter’s Hospice which made that possible for him. They provided the care and support he needed to make it happen and also supported us as a family during a very difficult time.”

“The care we received was invaluable and meant that his final days were spent at home in comfort.”

“I have always said I wanted to take part in the London Marathon at least once in my lifetime. Andrew and I applied last year and when we got in we decided as it was such a big event it would be a great opportunity to raise money for the amazing charity that helped my dad.”

“I have only taken part in 10ks before and have only been running for three years so this is going to be a huge challenge!”

“Andrew and I have been running at least three times a week – two shorter runs of around five miles during the week and then longer runs on the weekend ranging from five miles up to 18 miles. Training has kind of taken over our lives at the moment so we’re looking forward to weekends where we don’t have to run!”

The London Marathon is taking place on Sunday (13th April) and will start at Blackheath in Greenwich and end at The Mall at Westminster. Since the first marathon in 1981, £660 million has been raised for charity.

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