A Hemel Hempstead man will be tackling the London Marathon for Diabetes UK after his dad was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
Carl Marzec, aged 36, who will be pounding the streets of London with dozens of other Team Diabetes UK runners on April 24, has also organised a pre-marathon charity event at Hemel Rugby Club on April 2, which includes a disco, buffet and raffle.
Carl decided to take on the 26.2-mile London Marathon after seeing the impact the condition has had on his father and other friends – making him want to embark on a healthy lifestyle and reduce his risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Carl, who has been training hard for the event, said: “I did wonder whether this would be one step too far for me.
“Having completed the 2014 London Marathon, I know exactly how painfully brutal it can be.
“Starting this journey on the larger size of life and with a family history of diabetes, I know myself that, now more than ever, this is my opportunity to make the changes to my lifestyle that I need to ensure good health.
“I also want to be able to highlight the importance of this charity and give something back as a huge thank you for the great work Diabetes UK does.
“The training is hard, but when I remind myself why I’m doing it, it keeps me going.”
Diabetes UK eastern fundraiser Teresa Strange said: “Every penny raised will help us to support the 3.5 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK so please give generously to back Carl and support his amazing effort.”
If you have a place in the marathon and wish to support Diabetes UK, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To sponsor Carl visit www.justgiving.com/Carl-Marzec1/?utm_id=13