Why am I taking on the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 mile challenge?
On Sunday 30th July I will be joining thirty thousand cyclists in a 100-mile bike ride starting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, riding through the Surrey countryside and finishing at The Mall. I am raising money for Hicom’s chosen charity – Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF).
With just over a month to go, I wanted to tell you about why I am ambitious enough to take part.
Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 is an event that I’ve wanted to do for a number of years but unfortunately haven’t been able to get into without a charity place. Since joining Hicom, I have been learning more about diabetes and taking up one of their fundraising places seemed a good idea. Not only does it mean that I get to help raise money for such a good cause, I get to achieve the challenge I set for myself as 100 miles is a very long distance! It also gives me a reason to train and stay healthy, which is all part of the message DRWF are promoting so I am proud to be supporting the excellent work that they’re doing.
The importance of raising awareness around diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a growing problem, both in the UK and the developing world, but there are several simple things you can do to help prevent it. One of them is exercise so cycling is a great way to raise money and awareness at the same time. DRWF, as a smaller charity, need as much support as it can get and I personally want to share news of the research they conduct and the guidance they offer, to help people of all ages better understand diabetes, the preventative measures they can take, the treatment available and how best to manage the disease. Ultimately though, they are working tirelessly to find a cure.
Personal experience within diabetes
Two of my grandparents were diabetic and it certainly had a big impact on my grandfather’s life so anything that can be done to help find a cure or to help improve the lives of those managing the condition has to be a good thing.
The significance of supporting DRWF
I think one of the main reasons why supporting DRWF is so important to both myself and Hicom is wanting to improve the situation around diabetes and that so many of the long-term problems are avoidable. In addition, a high percentage of the NHS budget is spent on diabetes and through continued education, better health management and just simple things like eating healthy, exercising and controlling weight much of this money could be used elsewhere. These are some of the things that I’ve personally been doing this year and they can make such a massive difference which could ultimately mean that expensive treatments and interventions are avoided.
Through Hicom’s diabetes management systems, Diamond and Twinkle, we are working with NHS trusts to help deliver care to diabetes patients in a more integrated and cost-effective manner. By recording all patient data, ensuring healthcare professionals have easy access to it and making the information more easily reportable, trusts are able to highlight and support those who may need extra education or a change of treatment and can better help to keep them on track with how they manage their condition.
Tips for people wanting to take on the challenge next year
I would say that it’s never too soon to start training! One of things I found that really helped me was to make changes in what I was eating which generally helped me become healthier. I’ve lost about a stone and a half since I started training, which will make it easier for me to get around on the bike.
Get out there and don’t be afraid to do it because although it’s quite a big challenge, with enough training, being strict with yourself and having a good eating plan, it’s achievable. Also, remember to enjoy it and be respectful to other road users.
My ideal ride time
I’d ideally like to complete the ride in six or seven hours but I haven’t really thought about it too much, I would just like it to be under seven hours - that would be good! We’ll just have to wait and see what my finishing time ends up being - watch this space!
If you’d like to support me in beating my target and raising lots of money for DRWF, sign up for the charity event next year or find out more about how Hicom supports DRWF - click on the links below:
· Jon’s Just Giving Page
· Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100
· The Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation (DRWF) campaign to find a cure & prevent diabetes