John is running for love

John Falencki with Sophia and baby Anna
John Falencki with Sophia and baby Anna

Proud dad John Falencki has two good reasons for raising cash for a diabetes charity – his two daughters.

Sophia (four) and one-year-old baby Anna have Type 1 diabetes and John will be thinking about them when he runs in the Bupa Great Manchester Run this Sunday.

John (36), who lives in Clitheroe, said: “Sophia developed the condition in April 2011, when she was two and a half.

“It was a massive shock to us when Sophia was diagnosed as we had no history of diabetes.

“I ran the Manchester 10k last year and raised money for Diabetes UK.

“Since my run last year, Anna was diagnosed with Type 1 in September, just as she turned one.

“I am running again because I am a keen runner and think this is the best method of raising funding and awareness for the charity.”

John and wife Joanne have a three-year-old son Tom, who does not suffer from the condition.

John said: “While our girls are well and their diabetes is well managed, it is still challenging for us.

“We have our hands full and I would like to thank my parents-in-law Valerie and Patrick and also Peter Doyle and the Diabetic clinic.” Supporters can sponsor John on and information about Diabetes UK’s children’s campaign is on


John Falencki with Sophia and baby Anna