Following in dad’s footsteps

A FUNDRAISER who was diagnosed with diabetes last year is taking on the Great North Run to raise cash for a charity close to his heart.

Fitness class instructor Michael Weeks discovered he had Type 2 diabetes last year despite being a fit and healthy 21-year-old.

Michael, from Billingham, said: “I was shocked when I found out I had diabetes as there isn’t a history of the condition in my family and it’s very unusual for someone of my age and fitness level to be diagnosed with Type 2.

“I want to show other people of my age that you can not only achieve healthy fitness levels, but with plenty of effort you can reach your fitness goals and diabetes will not hold you back.

“I’m taking part in the iconic Great North Run as it’s something my dad used to do every year.

“But since he was diagnosed with ME he hasn’t been able to run, so I’m taking over his mantle.

“ I’m really looking forward to being a part of the event and raising lots of cash.”

To support Michael visit

Places are still available to take part in the Great North Run on Sunday, September 18, for Team Diabetes UK, with registration for the event closing on Friday, July 8.

To sign up, call (01325) 488606, email or visit