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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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Real-life Forrest Gump visits pre-school

Posted on Thursday 1st September 2016 at 9:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Runner Jim Plunkett-Cole (a.k.a Jim Gump) on a visit to Stoke Gifford Pre-School.

Children at Stoke Gifford Pre-School, based at the Trust Hall in North Road, enjoyed a visit from Somerset runner Jim Plunkett-Cole, who talked to them about the importance of exercising regularly.

After being inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, Jim has run 10km every day since 1st January 2013 and now swims and cycles every day too. His next challenge, which he plans to start in October, is to turn film fiction into reality by replicating Forrest Gump’s 2,000 mile run visiting every state in the USA, giving inspirational talks to children at hundreds of schools along the way.

Having to adapt his usual presentation to suit his youngest-ever audience, Jim told them stories about running with his dog Alf. Because of their young age he compared a stag he’d seen to Sven from the film Frozen and other characters they knew and loved.

Jim Plunkett-Cole (a.k.a Jim Gump) running with children from Stoke Gifford Pre-School.

Sam Milkins, a keen runner and parent committee member at the pre-school, who had arranged the visit, said Jim deliberately made it sound more like a story so they would stay interested. (Jim told her he thought they’d find the facts boring.) They were fascinated and were all very keen to see what he had to show them on his laptop.

With the talk over, the children donned their raincoats and went outside to join Jim for a run around the field, which they enthusiastically completed.

Sam said: “The children really enjoyed the visit from Jim. It had been timed with St Michael’s sports days in mind, so that they could enjoy a sporting experience too. The parents fed back that they’d heard all about the fun their children had had running with Jim, a very good sign of a successful visit!”

• For more information, visit the ‘JimGump’ page on Facebook.

This article originally appeared in the August 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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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.

More: How to sponsor Paul and Andrew »

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Local fundraiser battles injuries to run for cause close to his heart

Posted on Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 8:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Leigh and Amelia.

This Sunday (5th May), Leigh Morse of Little Stoke will take on the challenge of the Bristol 10k in aid of Allergy UK.

Leigh has been braving the cold winter weather and pounding the local streets to clock up the training miles, as these will see him through on the day. He has even faced and conquered injury to take part! This will be Leigh’s first 10k and he is both excited and nervous but cannot wait to soak up the atmosphere and absorb the crowd’s chants as they cheer him along and across the finish line.

With over 11,000 runners taking part, the event is now one of the fastest growing and popular of its kind in the UK. Leigh wants to raise as much money and awareness of Allergy UK as possible as he knows the impact of the vital services they provide.

Leigh said:

“I was inspired to do something for my daughter, Amelia, who suffers from numerous allergies – the worse being a peanut allergy.”

“As a family it was very difficult to deal with at first but there is help available through organisations like Allergy UK.”

“I am hoping to raise over £250. My training/sponsorship has been on hold due to a knee injury but now I am raring to go!”

Rebecca Carey, Fundraising Manager for Allergy UK, said:

“I am so impressed with Leigh’s commitment and dedication to help Allergy UK raise awareness and money for the vital services we provide. The money raised will make a huge difference to all those with allergies and food intolerance. Leigh’s enthusiasm and passion are so humbling!”

Allergy UK is the leading national medical charity providing advice, information and support to people with allergies and food intolerance. The organisation makes a difference by providing a dedicated helpline (01322 619898) and information and guidance to empower sufferers so that they can manage their symptoms and receive appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

To find out about Allergy UK visit or to support Leigh visit:

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