Bexley man to run 25 marathons in one month for diabetes

PUBLISHED: 12:40 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:31 10 April 2018

Gavin Griffiths will be taking on 25 marathons in the space of a month, to raise awareness of type one diabetes. Picture: Gavin Griffiths

Gavin Griffiths will be taking on 25 marathons in the space of a month, to raise awareness of type one diabetes. Picture: Gavin Griffiths


Bexleyheath resident and type one diabetic Gavin Griffiths is aiming to run 25 marathons in just one month, in a bid to raise awareness of the support needed by patients.

Gaving with his Dexcom device. Picture: Gavin GriffithsGaving with his Dexcom device. Picture: Gavin Griffiths

Gavin will start the first marathon in Margate on Friday, April 13 and conclude in London on May 13, with the hope of raising £10,000 as part of the League of DiAthletes programme.

The newly founded programme hosts passionate ‘T1D Heroes’ from across six continents of the world, who innovate fun and practical methods of type one diabetes education, with 10pc of the donations also assisting the work of T1International’s advocacy workshops in developing countries.

Diagnosed with type one diabetes at 8, Gavin, now 26 and founder of DiAthlete, has dedicated his time and efforts to resolute support for those with type one through his love of long-distance running.

He said: “I want to empower the next generation who have been diagnosed with type one diabetes.

Gavin training. Picture: Gavin GriffithsGavin training. Picture: Gavin Griffiths

“In the past, I have run 75 endurance challenges - I want to be able to reach out to as many as possible.”

Over 3.7 million people in the UK are living with diabetes, with one in 10 of those individuals suffering with type one.

Whilst this is the most common form of diabetes affecting children, it can develop at any point in one’s life.

Gavin, who started long distance running ten years ago, will be continuously monitoring his glucose levels throughout the marathons, with the use of a Dexcom G5 Mobile, a continuous glucose monitoring system.

Gaving with his Dexcom device. Picture: Gavin GriffithsGaving with his Dexcom device. Picture: Gavin Griffiths

The wearable device tracks glucose levels 24 hours a day, which can provide real time alerts if levels exceed or drop below defined user-defined levels – ultimately eliminating the need for continuous fingersticks thanks to alerts, alarms all from the user’s smartphone.

He said: “For me, the biggest challenge will be monitoring my levels whilst running.

“I did my first long distance run at 17, and most of my motivation came from people telling me I couldn’t do it because of my diabetes.

“I managed to run that first 29 mile run in just over 3 hours, and since then I’ve been like Forrest Gump.”

To donate to Gavin’s Just Giving page visit


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