Running 30 miles a day - for 30 days

Gavin Griffiths from South London is running 30 miles for 30 days John 'o Groates to Landsens to raise money for Diabetes UK and JDRF. On Thursday he ran through the streets of Montrose with 2nd year pupils from the local academy. Earlier this year Gavin ran with an Olympic torch in Margate. He is pictured here with Bruce Pandrich and the pupils as they set of on their run from Links Park.
Gavin Griffiths from South London is running 30 miles for 30 days John 'o Groates to Landsens to raise money for Diabetes UK and JDRF. On Thursday he ran through the streets of Montrose with 2nd year pupils from the local academy. Earlier this year Gavin ran with an Olympic torch in Margate. He is pictured here with Bruce Pandrich and the pupils as they set of on their run from Links Park.

IF THE thought of running 30 miles in a day upsets you - what about running 30 miles a day - for 30 days?

That’s the target that recent visitor to Montrose, Gavin Griffiths, has set himself.

The start was John O’Groats and he will finish his run at Land’s End.

The local sections of his run were: Aberdeen to Johnshaven, Montrose to Dundee and Dundee to Perth.

Gavin, who was a London 2012 Torchbearer in Margate, is a sufferer from Type 1 Diabetes.

In Montrose he called in at Links Park and was met by some S2 pupils of Montrose Academy, led by depute headteacher Bruce Pandrich.

The locals were pleased to accompany him along part of the next stage of his run.

His epic run has a serious side, as he proves that it is possible to lead a normal, and indeed super-fit life, even with Type 1 Diabetes.

Gavin said: “I’m running to show that something like Type 1 Diabetes cannot stop you from achieving in life, and that it is certainly not a disease that means you can’t live life fit and healthy - I can even be 30 times as fit as any regular person while being a Type 1 Diabetic!”

Gavin is also publicising the ‘4Ts’ campaign, which makes people aware of the four main symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes: Thinner, Thirsty, Tired and Toilet.

The campaign is being run by JDRF, the lead support charity of research towards curing Type 1 Diabetes in the world.

Gavin had a high-powered well-wisher in boxer David Haye, who said: “It’s a momentous task you’re going to do, 30 miles for 30 days - I wouldn’t even attempt a marathon as my body probably wouldn’t be able to hack it, so what you’re doing as a Type 1 Diabetic is amazing.

“I wish you all the lick in the world, go out there and do your thing.”