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Erith student runs for diabetes

PUBLISHED: 10:05 18 April 2012

Gavin Griffiths after his run

Gavin Griffiths after his run

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Student Gavin Griffiths ran 43 miles in a gruelling challenge to raise money for diabetes awareness.

The 20-year-old, of Luddesdon Road, Erith, took on the course from Hastings Pier to Brighton Pier in Sussex to support Diabetes Research UK.

He suffers from type 1 diabetes which made the challenge last Saturday (14) especially difficult.

“It was an extremely long day running but fortunately I had good support from close family members and friends,” he said.

“Being a diabetic myself meant that I had to keep monitoring my blood sugar levels.

“I had to eat a lot of carbohydrates to sustain my levels which weighed heavily on my stomach and helped make me ill.”

He set off at 10am and reached the finish line at 6.45pm, taking on a steep route on the Sussex coast.

Raising £1,000 for the charity, he hopes to double the sum through a series of future fundraising drives.

The former student of Trinity School in Belvedere said: “My friend Gary Gunnar was cycling behind me for much of the route, spurring me on and making sure I reached the finishing line.

“Without the support and donations I would just be another person who did a crazy run.”

In honour of his fundraising achievements, the Greenwich University media student will be an Olympic torchbearer this summer, carrying the flame at Westgate-on-Sea in Kent on July 19.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it - it will be a great honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

To follow his cause visit www.justgiving.com/gavin-griffiths1.

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