On 6 May, Ben Mason and Daisy Lawson from Abbey Gate College, accompanied DiAthlete, Gavin Griffiths on the Chester leg of his challenge to run 25 marathons in 30 days. The challenge, which took place across various locations in the UK, aimed to inspire the type 1 diabetes community, raise funds for educational awareness and to help people with type 1 across the world living in places with inadequate healthcare.
Year 9 pupil, Ben ran an incredible half marathon alongside Gavin, from the gates of Abbey Gate College to the finish. While Daisy, Year 5, ran an amazing 3 miles with Gavin, then cycled 8 miles alongside him from Chester Racecourse to Eccleston, before crossing the finish line with him carrying his Olympic torch. Both Ben and Daisy have type 1 diabetes.
Gavin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 8. He now spends a huge amount of time travelling across the UK raising awareness and inspiring young people living with type 1, spreading the message that having the condition does not have to hold you back, you can still do anything!
The course began at the Countess of Chester Hospital before joining the City Walls, continuing through the Duke of Westminster’s Estate, the villages of Eccleston, Aldford and past Abbey Gate College in Saighton. The run continued into Chester via Christleton and Waverton, before finishing back at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
Ben and Daisy are both great advocates of Gavin’s message, neither of them let diabetes hold them back from achieving their goals.