Diggle resident Carolyn Robinson is celebrating after completing two back-to-back endurance events, for charity, within a week of each other.
Carolyn took part in the Great Swim in London’s Docklands on August 31st, then a week later she completed the North West Triathlon in Nantwich, Cheshire – raising over £500 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Carolyn’s 9 year old son, Jake was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when he was just 4 years old.
Carolyn told Diggle News: “Jake deals with his condition very well – it has to be monitored closely on a daily basis, which includes multiple blood glucose testing and insulin injections. This will continue for the rest of his life or unless a cure is found. This, to a certain extent limits a carefree childhood and unless managed properly Jake could face many medical complications including blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
JDRF are the leading charity that concentrate on Type 1 and endeavour to find a cure. This is why it is vital to raise funds to drive world class research which will allow people with Type 1 (the majority of which are children), to a better future. ”
A keen swimmer, Carolyn trained for the Great London Swim at both Saddleworth Pool and at organised sessions held at Salford Quays. On the day, she joined over 3,000 swimmers to swim 1mile on a set course in the River Thames starting and finishing at Millwall Docks. Carolyn finished in a respectable 40 mins, where she was cheered home by Husband Tom and of course, Jake – however there was little recovery time as her next event was the following Sunday.
The North West Triathlon is the largest event of it’s kind in the UK, where competitors can either enter as a team or complete it solo. The triathlon took in swim, cycle and run in succession, with Carolyn finishing in 1hr 40m.
Commenting after the events Carolyn said: “I really enjoyed them both, and highly recommend them to anyone who is looking for their next challenge. I know lots of people in Diggle both sponsored me and wished me well, so want to thank them for their support.”
If you would like to sponsor Carolyn to support JDRF, her website is: http://www.justgiving.com/carolyn-robinson1
To find out more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation: http://www.jdrf.org.uk/