A man who was told he would not run again is to take on a coast-to-coast Ironman challenge in a day.
Adam Gorrill, from Leeds, will run, swim, run and cycle across the width of Great Britain to raise awareness of the charity Diabetes UK.
The ski designer, who was diagnosed with diabetes seven years ago, will take on the challenge 18 months after a skiing accident in which he broke his leg and which led doctors to believe he would not run again. “I worked really hard with physiotherapy to build up the strength,” said Adam, 31.
He will begin his challenge at 5am on September 26 on the west coast of England at Seascale and traversing the country through the Lake District into the Yorkshire Dales and ending the day in the North Yorkshire Moors at Whitby - 161 miles later.
This year Adam will be marking his seventh year living with Type 1 diabetes. Diagnosed at 24 years old, he has been raising money regularly with endurance events to highlight that diabetes does not stop people from exercising and pushing themselves.Adam said: “Lots of people with diabetes often struggle to exercise because they fear the effects on their blood glucose levels, but I want to show that diabetes doesn’t have to hold you back.
“It doesn’t need to be risky, it just needs to be closely managed and with that, nothing can stop you from achieving what you want in this life, not even diabetes.”
His challenge starts with a nine mile run from the west coast of Cumbria to the shores of Wastwater, where he will swim the three mile length of the lake before running up and back down England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike, before cycling 135 miles to Whitby.