News Pam Philpot to Run Kent Ultra Marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Pam Philpot to Run Kent Ultra Marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation


Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-06-17 20:52:10

Pam Philpot to Run Kent Ultra Marathon for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Thanet Roadrunner, Pam Philpot is undertaking a massive athletic challenge to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Pam will be running the Challenge Hub 50 mile Ultra Marathon on July 13th  2014 at Marshside near Canterbury.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is a charity that is very close to Pam's heart since her son was diagnosed at 15 years old with Type 1 diabetes.  

Pam said, ‘When we first thought something was wrong, he had a cold and sore throat which lasted for a couple of weeks. He was drinking lots of water and still had a sore throat. He was a typical lad who liked his bed but seemed tired and listless most of the time. He would come home from school tired and pale, go to bed and sleep for a few hours.’ 

She added, ‘He had lost some weight, again.   I also  noticed that he was going to the toilet almost every hour day and night. We got an emergency appointment with the Doctor and within 2 hours my son was an inpatient at the hospital.’

‘Diagnosis is very easy…it’s just a blood test. We were lucky; I knew the symptoms…most children are diagnosed once they have collapsed or even become comatose.’

Everyone at the club wishes Pam every success with her challenge.  If you want to sponsor Pam, please visit her Just Giving page: My link is

More about type 1 diabetes

  • Type 1 diabetes is a chronic, life-threatening condition that has a life-long impact on those diagnosed with it and their families.
  • Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition which cannot be prevented, and is not caused by lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise
  • People with type 1 diabetes rely on multiple insulin injections or pump infusions every day just to stay alive,
  • It normally affects children and stays with them for the rest of their lives.
  • Type 1 diabetes affects about 400,000 people in the UK, 26,000 of them children.
  • Type 1 diabetes reduces life expectancy by about 20 years.


About Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

JDRF is the type 1 diabetes charity, and the world’s leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research to cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes.  It provides information for children, adults and parents living with the condition, at all stages from diagnosis and beyond.  It gives a voice to people with type 1 diabetes and campaigns for increased focus on, and funding for, research to find the cure.



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