Steven toughens up to raise awareness of diabetes

Ellon diabetic Steven Reaper who has signed up for the Tough Mudder endurance race.
Ellon diabetic Steven Reaper who has signed up for the Tough Mudder endurance race.

An Ellon diabetic is in strict training for the challenge of his life in a bid to combat the condition.

Steven Reaper, 36, who was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 10, has signed up for the Tough Mudder endurance race - described by organisers as the world’s most gruelling.

The property consultant grasped the opportunity to make a contribution to fighting the condition.

He told the Times: “Having lived with the illness for the best part of my life I decided to raise awareness of the condition, so when I heard of the Tough Mudder Challenge I thought why not.”

He is preparing for the trip to Dalkeith in August to take part in the 12-mile obstacle course designed by the special services.

Steven said: “The event is a tough one, described by the organisers as the toughest on the planet. The course aims to test the strength, stamina and determination of the competitor.

“I’ve got the determination, and am working on the stamina and strength parts with a strict training regime which sees me on the beach at Aberdeen most days of the week. I’m getting there.”

The money raised will go towards patient care, research and development.

Steven, who is halfway towards his target of raising £3000, explained: “I believe education is the key to understanding things.

“The money I raise will be well spent. This challenge will raise awareness of the illness in the community.

“If you want to donate, don’t be afraid to stop me and ask how to give money. I know just how generous the North public can be.”

To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Steven-Reaper