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I am writing to offer my congratulations to all of the amazing runners who made the Great North Run such a huge success.

I especially want to say a massive well done and thank you to the 310 runner,s who ran in Team Diabetes UK.

Their fundraising efforts will help us to fund vital research, campaign on key issues, and offer education and support to more people who are living with diabetes.

Tens of thousands of people took part in the world famous run, which took in views of the iconic Tyne Bridge, the tilting Millennium Bridge and The Sage in Gateshead as part of the 13.1-mile route.

I would also like to thank the Team Diabetes UK supporters, who were out in force to cheer their heroes to the finish line.

Diabetes is a serious condition but the right support at the right time helps people to manage it and live long, healthy lives.

If the runners from Team Diabetes UK have inspired you to take on a fundraising challenge of your own, whether running, cycling, swimming or walking, visit www.diabetes.org.uk/Fundraising-Events to see how you can get involved and raise vital funds for this fantastic cause.

Lara Dobson,

Area Fundraising Manager

Diabetes UK