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Diggle Man Takes On 100 Runs Charity Challenge

Tom Robinson from Diggle is doing 100 runs in 100 days.

A charity fundraiser from Diggle has begun a remarkable challenge for a cause close to his heart.

Tom Robinson, who lives in the Diglea area of the village, is doing 100 10k runs in as many days, to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

In an interview with Saddleworth News, Tom explained that he decided to support the cause after his son was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

He said: “I’m really proud to be a committed supporter and fundraiser for JDRF, as they continue their search for the cure for Type 1 diabetes.”

Tom added: “In the news at the moment there’s a lot of focus on Type 2 and Type 1 seems to get mixed up. He didn’t do anything wrong, it wasn’t his fault, with Type 1 diabetes.”

Tom is doing each of his 10k runs before breakfast every morning. As he works in Manchester, this often means having to get up before 5 o’clock!

He said: “I’m never going to find a route without hills. But the most comfortable route I do is to stick to the road, run through Dobcross, Uppermill, into Greenfield and round Freizland, then back again. Other than that I vary the route so I go up on the tops, and also up around Brun Clough reservoir and the Pennine Way.”

But it does have its advantage, as Tom explained: “I went up on Monday morning, and I happened to look across as the sun was coming up, just when I was up by the Floating Light. It would be a real crime if I didn’t take advantage of this lovely landscape that we’ve got.”

For those who prefer to think in old money, 10k works out at a bit more than six miles. So by the last of his 100 runs, which will be the Great North Run, Tom will have done the equivalent of about 25 marathons. So if you’re up and about Saddleworth early one morning, see if you can spot him!

You can listen to the interview I did with Tom by clicking on the box below:

Tom has also started writing a blog about his progress in the challenge, and you can read that by clicking here.

If you’d like to donate to Tom’s appeal, you can do so online by visiting his JustGiving page here.

More information about the work of JDRF is available from its website here.

(Editor’s note: This article was amended very slightly following publication to reflect JDRF’s position)

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