Keynsham dad inspired by seven-year-old son runs London Marathon for diabetes research

Published on: 01 May 2015

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A firefighter from Keynsham was cheered on at the London Marathon by his seven-year-old son, his inspiration for taking part in the race.

Robin Wilson joined a team of 190 runners on Sunday, April 26, aiming to raise £400,000 for charity JDRF to support its research into finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.

Robin’s son Oliver has the condition and his dad says he knows very well how much “time, effort and heartache managing type 1 involves”.

The Avon Fire and Rescue crew manager completed the 26.2-mile course in four hours and 10 minutes, raising an individual total of more than £2,000 for JDRF.

He said: “I had an amazing time, the atmosphere on race day in London is amazing, the supporters around the course are phenomenal and are such a boost for all the runners. At 13 miles, among the JDRF supporters I was happy to see my wife, Kath, and Oliver but missed them at 23 miles despite their best efforts to attract my attention.

“I had a great run but for the last two miles when I had to stop a lot to stretch out my calf muscles from cramp and I’m really pleased to have finished in four hours 10 minutes.”

JDRF says a five-year-old child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which is not linked to factors such as diet or exercise,  faces up to 19,000 injections and 50,000 finger prick blood tests by the time they are 18.

Robin said: “Oliver doesn't let anything get in his way. He's outgoing, adventurous, cheeky and very happy. He is incredibly resilient to the stress that this disease puts on his body in the daily battle to keep his blood glucose as controlled as possible. We are immensely proud of him.”

Robin is still collecting donations at RobinWilsonJDRF.

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