Dad of a child with type 1 diabetes runs 100km in a day to raise funds to support research

Posted on 02 October 2017

On Saturday an incredible JDRF supporter completed a 100km run to push himself beyond his limits for his son and to raise funds to support JDRF. Dad and son runningholding hands with their backs to the camera

Simon Vinnicombe, an award-winning playwright and author – and father to six-year-old George – completed the mammoth effort in Richmond Park in west London in nine hours and 43 minutes.

George was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at only six months old. Simon hopes to raise £100,000 and chose an endurance challenge to mirror the family’s struggles living with type 1 diabetes.

Simon estimates that in just six years George has had more than 15,000 finger prick blood tests, over 650 insulin pump cannula insertions and required being fed more than 2000 glucose tablets in his sleep.Dad and son finish running smiling looking at the camera

In November 2014, on the eve of World Diabetes Day, Simon ran 78.6 miles, the equivalent of three back-to-back marathons, in one day. For Simon, the three marathons represented the three years George had been living with type 1 diabetes.
Before this most recent challenge Simon said:

“I wanted to draw attention to the marathon challenge of living with type 1 diabetes. The run is beyond my limits. But I will get there in the end. For George, the marathon has no finish line.”

Speaking of research into the cure, Simon added:

“I believe that people want to be a part of an incredible health legacy and return the freedom to thousands of children’s lives the world over.”

Rebecca Tomlinson, Senior Challenge and Sports Fundraising Manager at JDRF said:

“Type 1 diabetes is a tough condition requiring constant management from those living with it and their loved ones. However, finding a cure for type 1 diabetes is just a matter of time, money and excellent research. So my biggest thanks go to Simon for his tireless efforts in helping to get us there.”


Donate to Simon’s fundraising page

Simon is fundraising at Just Giving and would greatly appreciate your support.