Marathon man Paul aims to help tackle Diabetes with 26.2 mile run

Paul Sycamore, from Ely, who is running the London Marathon for Diabetes UK.

Paul Sycamore, from Ely, who is running the London Marathon for Diabetes UK. - Credit: Archant

A diabetic man from Ely is saying ‘thank you’ to a charity that has supported him since he was a teenager by lacing up his running shoes and taking part in this year’s London Marathon.

32-year-old Paul Sycamore is to join thousands of other runners in the capital for the race on April 24, and wants to raise money for Diabetes UK - a charity that has helped him fight his condition since he was diagnosed as a teenager.

He said: “I started running a few years ago with a group of friends – we were known as ‘Team Nancy’ in memory of my best friend’s mum, who died from cancer. We’ve run a few half marathons, including the Cambridge Half Marathon and raised more than £5,000.”

Paul’s father also suffers from Type 1 diabetes, and Paul says that running the marathon is his way in giving something back for all the help he’s received.

“My dad and I have had a lot of advice, support and care over the years,” he said. “I wanted to give something back.”

His wife, Melissa, is backing his marathon effort all the way.

She said: “It’s a massive challenge, but he’s been really into his training. I think he’s surprised everyone with how much he’s enjoyed it.”

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