Epic journey to raise funds and awareness of Type 1 diabetes

Thursday 25 April 2013

Some people will always go the extra mile for charity but Gavin Griffiths, a 21-year-old from Kent, is going even further. He has created the 30/30 challenge – running 30 miles every day for 30 days – with Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, boxing champion David Haye and Sir Geoff Hurst MBE all showing their support.

Gavin starts his epic journey on Saturday 27 April, in support of Diabetes UK and JDRF.

Length and breadth of Britain

The challenge will see Gavin travel the length and breadth of the UK, running for approximately seven hours a day. Starting in John O’Groats, Gavin will take in the sights of Scotland, touching on the North East, the North, running through the Midlands, then the South West, before completing his journey at Land’s End.

Gavin was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2000, at the age of eight. Over the past five years he has become an ultra-marathon runner, completing distances including the 77-mile perimeter of the Isle of Wight and running the 44-mile stretch from Hastings to Brighton.

Olympic Torch Bearer

Gavin Griffiths, Olympic Torch BearerLast summer Gavin was an Olympic Torch Bearer at Westgate-on-Sea, and will bring the torch on his 30/30 adventure.

Gavin said, "I’ve created the GBR 30/30 challenge, running 30 miles for 30 days, to prove that just because I have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes it doesn’t stop me achieving anything in life.

"Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition, but I’ll continue to remain positive and live my life to the full. Please support me in my challenge and help raise lots of money for two great charities, Diabetes UK and JDRF."

The challenge is being supported by GBR Nutrition and GlucoMen, with support from the MyWhereAbouts app that will be providing Gavin a phone which will provide updates on his location, pace and miles covered each day through to supporters.

Support the GBR 30/30 challenge

You can support Gavin's challenge by donating online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GBR3030, or via text donations. Text the code GBRD60 for Diabetes UK, followed by your donation, to 70070 e.g. GBRD60 £10.

You can find further information on the challenge at www.diathlete.org, and monitor Gavin’s progress via Facebook and Twitter, @GBR3030.

Celebrity support

Sir Steve Redgrave MBE

Celebrity supporters include Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, who has Type 2 diabetes. Steve said, "I would like to wish Gavin the best of luck with this sponsored run for Diabetes UK and JDRF UK, charities close to my heart. This is indeed a huge challenge and I hope Gavin succeeds as I am sure that he will do."

David Haye

Boxer David Haye said, "I just want to wish you the best of luck in your upcoming challenge. It is a momentous task you are going out to achieve – 30 miles for 30 days! I wouldn’t even take on running a marathon as my body probably wouldn’t be able to hack it, so what you’re putting yourself through as someone with Type 1 diabetes is absolutely amazing. This is me David Haye wishing you Gav all the luck in the world, go out there and do your thing!"

Sir Geoff Hurst MBE

Legend Sir Geoff Hurst MBE said, "I just want to wish you all the very best in your 30/30 challenge; I mean, 30 miles a day for 30 days – that’s fantastic! I wouldn’t like to run it any month of the year! All the very best for two great charities, and succeed! Good luck."