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I am writing to offer my congratulations to all of the amazing runners who made the Morrison’s Great North Run such a huge success.

I especially want to say a massive well done and thank you to the 335 brave runners who took part on behalf of Diabetes UK, the charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of all people affected by diabetes.

Around 57,000 people completed the 13.1 mile course, which took in views of the iconic Tyne Bridge, the tilting Millennium Bridge and The Sage in Gateshead.

I’d also like to thank the Team Diabetes UK supporters were out in force to cheer their heroes to the finish line.

The money raised by our amazing half-marathon runners will go towards helping to make life better for the 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK, as well as the further 590,000 who have Type 2 diabetes but don’t yet know it.

Diabetes is a serious condition and if not managed properly it can lead to major complications such as amputation, heart disease and blindness.

If the runners from Team Diabetes UK have inspired you to take on a fundraising challenge of your own, whether running, cycling, swimming or walking, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/events to see how you can get involved and raise vital funds for this fantastic cause.

Lara Dobson

Area fundraising manager, Diabetes UK North of England