Dave’s 2019 JDRF Challenge

Dave Pountney, is well known amongst Harriers fans and is a respected member of the local community. He has served on the board of Kidderminster Harriers and is a former Chairman of KHIST, for whom he re-joined the board in 2018. He has been involved in a number of previous fundraising activities for charities and has now got plans for 2019. These will see him competing in a breath-taking sequence of distance running and physical exercise, for the benefit of a most deserving charity, which is in need of our help in the battle against Type 1 Diabetes.

Please be generous in your support of ‘Dave’s Challenge’.

This is Dave’s personal statement:

“I am doing various physical activities during 2019 for JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) because they need financial support to help find a cure”.

“Just after Christmas in 2017 my eight year old daughter (Ellie) suddenly became ill. She had started to drink a lot and developed a severe headache. After a round of hospital tests she was quickly diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. As a result she now has to inject herself four times a day along with numerous finger pricks to keep her blood sugars under constant control.

This obviously came as a huge shock to us and has meant that our life has once again dramatically changed. Although Ellie has dealt with it fantastically it is a lot to cope with so soon after we lost her sister Charlotte.



So, in my 40th year I have lined up a number of physical challenges for 2019 and any support you can give me and JDRF really would be appreciated.

JDRF are committed to eradicating type 1 diabetes and its affects for everyone in the UK with type 1, and those at risk of developing it. They fund world class research and ensure that it moves forward as fast as possible. They also give support to people with type 1 and their families. We have received invaluable support from JDRF and the diabetes community over the past year as we attempt to make sense of this condition.

Less than a hundred years ago the onset of Diabetes would result in premature death. It’s my hope that the continued research will eventually find a cure so that my daughter doesn’t have to grow up with this horrible disease.

Please see below a list of my planned activities during 2019. I will keep you updated along the way:

20th January – Gloucester Half Marathon

10th February – Olympic Park Half Marathon

17th March – Gloucester 20 Mile Race

7th April – Manchester Marathon

19th May – Worcester Marathon

21st-23rd June – Three Peaks Challenge

24th August – Blackpool Run the Lights 10K

21st-22nd September – Equinox 24 Hour Race

13th October – Birmingham Half Marathon “


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