‘Diabetes diagnosis won’t stop me running an ultra’ (

BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Reece Parkinson started training for an ultra-marathon in 2020, but everything went wrong. So wrong that the film he made then was called How NOT to Run 55 Miles.

A problem with his knee and restrictions on his training due to Covid meant it was always going to be an enormous challenge, but a shock diagnosis of type 1 diabetes just days before he was due to run forced him to pull out and question whether he would ever be able to complete the challenge.

But six months later Reece has got back to training and – whilst still getting to grips with his condition – thinks he’s ready to take on his first ultra-marathon. He’s found a new race, a rugged and brutal 50-mile course around a military training area in a…

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