Haywards Heath man completes half marathon for diabetes charity


A father who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes after finding he was constantly exhausted has completed a half marathon.

John Samson, 43, of Haywards Heath beat his time target by eight minutes, running the Brighton Half Marathon in two hours and 22 minutes.

He has raised more than £600 for Diabetes UK, which John hopes will help improve other people’s lives.

“It was a great experience, very humbling and the crowd support was truly amazing which certainly spurred me on,” said the accounts manager.

“I struggled a bit when I hit ten miles and had twinges of cramp but ran that off and honestly the other runners and crowds see you through the pain.

“I will definitely aim to do this again and Brighton was a superb venue, the weather held, great views and well organised.”

John was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 14 years ago after he was rushed to the Princess Royal after having a blood test.

At the time, he had lost over a stone in weight and was getting up six times in one night to use the loo.

He told the Middy that all the messages of support he received over his training were ‘very special’.