Editor completes challenge despite injury
The editor of The Diabetes Times who normally completes a 14-mile run every summer for a diabetes charity refused to be beaten by a serious knee injury.
Instead Oliver Jelley walked the distance between Market Harborough, in Leicestershire, and Northampton on Saturday, September 2, to raise much-needed funds for the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT).
It was the fourth consecutive year that the 35-year-old has organised the IDDT’s 14-Mile Challenge, with participants normally either cycling or running along the Brampton Valley Way.
I had more trouble getting in and out of my dad’s car at the end. Oliver Jelley
The Market Harborough resident suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament playing football in April, meaning he is currently unable to run or play sport.
The father-of-three, who is the managing director of Brixworth-based Orange Juice Communications, said: “I was resigned to sitting out this year because I can’t cycle either because it’s unsteady but then the week before I thought ‘why don’t I walk it?’. I don’t have a problem walking, I just can’t twist, turn or pivot sharply.”
He was accompanied on the walk by future brother-in-law Richard King, also from Market Harborough.
Oliver added: “We set out at just before 7am before the runners and cyclists began at 10am and it took us four and a half hours, but apart from a few blisters it was absolutely fine, I had more trouble getting in and out of my dad’s car at the end.
“Everyone did an amazing job in raising money and awareness for IDDT, it is a vital charity, not only for local people with diabetes but people up and down the country with the condition.”
Brother Ben Jelley, from Desborough, and friend and Market Harborough resident Andy Willis also ran. Oliver’s wife Claire Jelley and father-in-law John Mayhew, also from Market Harborough, cycled together with Oliver’s colleague Fiona Bailey and her husband Rob, from Northampton.
Martin Hirst, IDDT chief executive, said: “We, like every charity, are reliant on donations so we are extremely grateful for these vital funds.
“The money will go towards enabling us to continue to support people with diabetes who live with a lifelong health condition, which if not managed properly can lead to devastating consequences, including amputation, blindness and kidney failure.”
The Northampton-based charity provides vital independent support for people with diabetes, their parents and carers throughout the country.
The charity formed in 1994 to fight for choice of insulin for all. It now provides a free, confidential helpline, has published dozens of helpful publications, stages events and lobbies the government on behalf of its members.
It is estimated that more than one in 20 people in the UK has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed). There are 2.9 million people who have been diagnosed with diabetes in the UK. By 2025, it is estimated five million people will have diabetes in the UK.
Donations can still be made, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oliver-jelley2.