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DT editor completes 14-Mile Challenge for diabetes charity

By Editor
1st October 2018

A team of 13, including the editor of the Diabetes Times, walked, cycled and ran 14 miles to raise awareness of diabetes for the InDependent Diabetes Trust

They started in Northampton and travelled along the Brampton Valley Way, a former railway line, to Market Harborough, in Leicestershire, on Saturday, September 22.

Organiser Oliver Jelley, who edits the Diabetes Times, started the 14-Mile Challenge in 2014 to celebrate the charity’s 20thanniversary and the event staged every year since has so far raised more than £1,500.

Oliver ran the last mile as he continues to recover from knee surgery

Oliver started as a runner but walked in 2017 because of a serious knee injury and, having had surgery in March also walked this year, but plans to run next year.

The 36-year-old said: “I ruptured my anterior cruciate ligament playing football in April 2017, but I haven’t let that hold be back in my commitment to completing the 14-Mile Challenge every year.”

Oliver was accompanied on the walk by colleagues Kristy Hobbs, from Burton Latimer, and, Daniel Owens, from Spratton, while wife Claire cycled along with her dad John Mayhew, who is from Market Harborough.

Brother-in-law Richard King also cycled in a party which pulled his son, four-year-old Rupert King, on a bike trailer and also included youngsters Oscar and Lily Harrison and dad Dan Harrison, who are all from Great Bowden.

Left to right: Emily King, with dad John Mayhew and sister Claire Jelley, preparing near the start line

Rob Bailey and Una Loughran, both from Northampton, also cycled along, while Oliver’s sister-in-law Emily King ran.

Martin Hirst, IDDT chief executive, said: “We, like every charity, are reliant on donations so we are extremely grateful for these vital funds. We support people with diabetes, helping them to 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.

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