Marathon Maggi completes charity challenge for Diabetes UK
PUBLISHED: 11:45 30 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:47 20 February 2013
Maggi Broadbent, 21, from Dinnington, Hinton St George, crossed the finish line of her mega charity challenge last week when she successfully completed 14 marathons in 14 days in support of leading health charity Diabetes UK
Maggi Broadbent, 21, from Dinnington, Hinton St George, crossed the finish line of her mega charity challenge last week when she successfully completed 14 marathons in 14 days in support of leading health charity Diabetes UK.
The University of Manchester Maths and Philosophy student finished her challenge on Thursday 26 August at the Dinnington Docks pub, Foss Way, after running a marathon every day around different areas of South Somerset since Friday 13 August. Maggi decided to take on the challenge to help raise awareness of diabetes in support of her close friend at university, Rosie Allan, who has Type 11 Diabetes and so far she has managed to raise a fantastic 2,659 for Diabetes UK.
Maggi said: When I decided to take on the challenge I was confident that I would be able to do it. I knew it would be very difficult and painful at times, but I was sure that I was strong-willed enough to get through it. A couple of days before I started I had a big panic and was terrified that I wouldn't be able to get through two marathons, let alone 14. But once I'd set off and managed to finish the first one I was so pleased and felt so much more confident about the remaining 13.
There were several days when the bad weather tested Maggis stamina, however she describes that even the tough experiences helped her through the challenge. It made me realise that if I was able to get through the horrible days then I would definitely be able to get through at least one more day.
Several friends joined Maggi throughout the challenge to help keep her spirits high. On her third marathon she was joined by a friend from university and on the ninth day she was joined by the entire Chard Road Running Club who helped Maggi complete that days marathon in just five hours.
Originally I thought the main thing I would have to battle with was the blisters and the final three marathons were ridiculously painful, said Maggi. However the worst thing was having to wake up every day and tell myself I had to do another 26 miles. Most days it was ok, but there were some days when I just wanted to go back to bed and it took so much willpower to keep putting one foot in front of the other.
However after each marathon I was always so happy and at the end of the whole thing I was, and still am, so pleased that I did it. Im really proud to have raised so much money for Diabetes UK and hopefully Ive helped to raise awareness of diabetes itself.
Zoe Steer, Diabetes UK South West Regional Fundraising Manager, said: We are incredibly thankful for Maggis support. This was an absolutely amazing challenge and shes done a fantastic job. Her efforts have raised an incredible amount of money to help Diabetes UK continue working to improve the lives of people with diabetes and she has been a great inspiration for anyone else thinking of supporting the charity.
There are over 200,000 people diagnosed with diabetes in the South West and a further 60,000 who have Type 2 diabetes2 but do not know it. Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today so its vital that more people are made aware of the condition. Maggis challenge will go a long way to help raise awareness of diabetes and the serious complications it can lead to within her local area.
Four hundred people are diagnosed with diabetes every day in the UK. The main risk factors for developing Type 2 diabetes are being overweight, being over 40 (or over 25 in Black and South Asian people) and having a close relative with diabetes. Diabetes UK urges anyone who could be at risk of developing the condition to go to their doctor or healthcare professional for a simple diabetes test. People can find out their diabetes risk score via a new online test at www.diabetes.org.uk/riskscore
You can help Maggi increase her fundraising total by making a donation on her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Maggi-Broadbent