Erith Diathlete aims to raise diabetes awareness

PUBLISHED: 16:19 10 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:33 10 October 2013

Gavin Griffiths, the Diathlete

Gavin Griffiths, the Diathlete


November is diabetes awareness month and one Bexley youngster who suffers from the condition is stepping up his game to raise awareness.

Gavin Griffiths, 22, suffers from type 1 diabetes and calls himself the Diathlete, as he takes part in gruelling physical challenges to raise much-needed funds and to increase exposure.

The Erith resident was an Olympic torchbearer in Westgate-on-Sea in Kent and earlier this year he completed a run from John O’Groats to Land’s End, in organised 30 mile sections.

Gavin said: “I wanted to run Britain as that is something that most people would find impossible. Finishing it as a type 1 diabetic showed anything is possible if you never give up and that diabetes, which has many self-responsibilities, can never prevent you from fulfilling your dreams and ambitions in life.”

He completed his first ever ultra challenge five years ago and he has gone from strength-to-strength.

Type 1 diabetes is a condition most sufferers are born with or are genetically predisposed to it - as opposed to type 2, which is more to do with diet and lifestyle choices.

For information on donating to Gavin’s cause, visit

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