James Cairns, optical assistant at Pocklington Specsavers, is taking part in the Great North Run this September in aid of Diabetes UK.

The Great North Run is the world's leading half marathon, and was first staged in 1981 where just over 12,000 people took part. 57,000 people entered in 2014, taking on the 13.1 mile course from Newcastle upon Tyne to South Shields.

Originally from the North East, and a diabetes sufferer himself, James is keen to raise awareness of the condition and raise as much money as possible for charity.

A word from James 
James said: ‘Training is going well, although I’ve worn out my trainers and need a new pair! I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and it’s great to be doing it for such a good cause. Hopefully friends, family and our loyal customers will get behind me and help me on my way to reaching my fundraising goal.’

About Diabetes UK
There are currently 3.8 million people in the UK living with diabetes (source: Diabetes UK). Diabetes UK is the country’s leading diabetes charity that educates people about diabetes to help prevent its onset and encourage early diagnosis. The charity also funds pioneering research into care, cure and prevention for all types of diabetes, and campaigns to improve the quality of care across the UK’s health services, so that everyone affected by the condition gets access to the best treatment and standards of care.

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