Colne dad to take on Manchester run for his daughter

CHARITY CHALLENGE: Darren Whalley with his daughter Katie, who he is running the Morrisons Great Manchester Run for in May (S)
CHARITY CHALLENGE: Darren Whalley with his daughter Katie, who he is running the Morrisons Great Manchester Run for in May (S)
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A devoted dad is pulling on his running shoes to help make a difference to people like his daughter.

Darren Whalley (38), of Belgrave Road, Colne, will be taking on the Morrisons Great Manchester Run in May for Diabetes UK.

The cause is particularly close to his heart, since his daughter Katie (10) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was two.

He aims to raise more than £200 for the charity, in the hope it will make lives easier for those living with the condition.

Darren, who works as a team leader at Silentnight, in Barnoldswick, said: “Katie is brilliant with her diabetes, she doesn’t complain, and she is fantastic.

“That is why I am doing this, as I am really proud of her.

“When Katie was first diagnosed she had to have four injections a day, but over the past two years she has been using a pump which she prefers.

“She is thinking about 
doing the mini Manchester run either this year or next year.”

Darren has begun training and has already hit the four-mile mark.

As well as raising money for Diabetes UK, he is hoping he might also beat his wife’s time, as she ran in the Great Manchester Run last year.

He ran a half-marathon more than 20 years ago, but he plays football regularly, which keeps him fit.

He added: “I am looking forward to it, and I am hoping to complete it in 50 to 55 minutes.”

The Morrison’s Great Manchester Run takes place on Sunday, May 10th.

Darren will be supported on the day by Park Primary School pupil Katie and his wife Tracey.

To sponsor Darren, visit www.justgiving.com/owner-email/update/Darren-Whalley1

l To sign up to run for Diabetes UK visit www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/Fundraising-events/Great-Run-Series/Great-Manchester-Run