The Innovation to Educate, Encourage and Endure for Global Diabetes Inspiration!
“If I wasn’t diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in my life, I wouldn’t have truly lived my life at all.”
Gavin Griffiths, 23, conqueror of 42 ultra endurance running challenges since 2008 and the reason behind it is that he lives with type 1 diabetes.
Diagnosis to type 1 diabetes: January 2000
Biggest challenge: completing the 30/30 Challenge in 2013, where I organised and ran 30 miles a day for 30 days from John O’Groats to Land’s End.
Biggest honour: being a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games and representing all with diabetes in doing so. Quickest time: my first outing in 2008 was a 29 mile challenge covering the Thanet, Kent coastline, completed in 3 hours 1 minute.
Furthest travelled challenge: 55km Mount Lofty to Semaphore, in South Australia.
Most Proud of: becoming an IDF Young Leader in Diabetes, representing Diabetes UK as one of 70 member associations from different countries all over the world and having YLD colleagues and friends with diabetes all over the planet!
As DiAthlete I am something MORE than just a person, which replaces any negative feeling of being different because of diagnosis to diabetes with an extreme superhuman positive. My vision with DiAthlete is to RE-BRAND DIABETES as a whole, from the misconceptions, areas of discrimination, general lack of awareness and negative insight into the true and positive outlook, where our global community is the strongest in the world together. We can achieve anything we put our minds to do, with diabetes in our lives!
DiAthlete possesses the innovation to Educate, Encourage and Endure for global diabetes inspiration. It is time to join the DiAvation!
Completed Ultra DiA-Challenges:
Thanet, Isle of Wight, Hastings to Brighton, Thanet 2 Dayer, Margao Goa, John O’Groats to Lybster, Inverness, Moray, Inch to Aberdeen, Aberdeen to Johnshaven, Montrose to Dundee, Dundee to Perth, Perth to Dunfirmline, Glasgow, Airdrie to Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Newcastle to Hexham, Hexham to Carlisle, Carlisle to Workington, Lancaster to Fleetwood, Blackpool to Blackburn, Manchester to Liverpool, Liverpool to Wrexham, Crewe, Stoke to Telford, Telford to Birmingham, Birmingham to Worcester, Worcester to Gloucester, Stroud to Bristol, Cheddar to Taunton, Taunton to Exeter, Torquay to Plymouth, Plymouth to Bodmin, Bodmin to St Agnes, St Agnes to Lands End, Adelaide, Manhattan to Rockville, Rockville to Babylon, Babylon to Medford, Patchogue to Port Jefferson, Port Jefferson to Centerport, Centerport to Bayside, Bayside to Manhattan