An Aberdeen police officer will be putting his best foot forward this weekend when he takes on a marathon – inspired by his brave son.
Sergeant Davie Cowie, of Aberdeen City Policing Team, will run the London Marathon on Sunday to raise funds for research into diabetes.
A keen fitness enthusiast, Sgt Cowie was motivated to take on the challenge by his 11-year-old son Adam, who attends Elrick Primary School and has diabetes.
The youngster was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2013, just before his sixth birthday.
Since then, Adam has been supported by Sgt Cowie, 45, his mum Nicola, 44, his younger brother Callum, 9, and staff from the diabetes unit at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital.
He has to have regular insulin injections and blood checks to avoid the risk of a hypoglycemic crash – a drop in blood sugar which could land him in hospital.
After following a strict training regime, Sgt Cowie said he believes he is ready to take on the challenge.
“I have followed a training plan and have been out running five times a week and feel ready,” said Sgt Cowie.
He added: “I have not missed a day’s training as a mark of respect to Adam and the fact he does not have a choice but to live his life carefully.
“He must deal with diabetes every day as the consequences of not doing so do not bear thinking about. He inspires me. I am so proud of his attitude.”
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Sgt Cowie has been getting sponsorship from friends, family and police colleagues and proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
He has so far raised £3,560 and is aiming to raise another £5,000 by hosting a family fun day at Ashdale Hall on May 11.
Over the last five years, Sgt Cowie has raised almost £50,000 for the foundation.
He said: “I’ve swam the equivalent of the Channel over seven days at Aberdeen Sports Village and have done a triathlon and duathlon and now I want to take on the marathon.
“I am extremely proud of Adam and how he has coped with the condition.
“There have been challenges, highs and lows, but he has just had to get on with it.
“I would like to thank the mothers of Adam’s friends who have been a tremendous support in organising the May 11 event.
“They have shown kindness, commitment and friendship to our family.”