I am Gavin Megaw, a proud family man, Director at Hanover Communications and keen endurance runner. An active member of Guildford & Godalming Athletics Club, I co-captain their men’s senior cross country team.

A graduate of Loughborough University, I have worked in senior positions in politics and football.  Originally from Northern Ireland, I live in Surrey with my wife and three children.

In 2010, I started to run again after a sixteen year break. At first it was for fun, but then it became more than that. As I talked to fellow runners, I came to appreciate just what a force for good running is. And the more I did, the more I ran. It became a joyful habit.

Every runner gets asks why they do it, and if they really should run as much as they do. Surely it’s bad for your knees, they say with bewilderment. I get additional questions though. In 1999 I was diagnosed as a Type 1 (insulin dependent) diabetic. As a result, I get asked whether I really should be running at all, yet alone marathons, and of the risks involved. The truth is that in the past I tried to ignore that I was a diabetic – rarely mentioning it – in case it impacted my running. However, I can now honestly say that running makes being a diabetic easy. It balances my blood sugar levels, greatly reduces my insulin intake, and provides healthy boundaries for my diet and general lifestyle.

I hope what is written on runhabit.com will be of interest to a wide range of people. From runners interested in my ongoing attempts to get fitter and faster, to diabetics exploring how to use running to break free of their illness. Please enjoy my musings about my running habit. And I hope that in reading them you will join me as a devotee to a sport that delivers the easiest route to a healthy body and mind.