Oliver’s army go the distance

Some of the Wheelers line-up.
Some of the Wheelers line-up.

Eighteen members of Boston Wheelers Cycling Club completed a year of fundraising for type one diabetes charity JDRF by completing the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.

The challenge started in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, following a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside.

Oliver Carr.

Oliver Carr.

With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it’s a truly spectacular event for all involved.

The event finished on The Mall in central London, shortly before 150 professional cyclists raced in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic on a similar route.

Jenny Carr, Dan Carr, Jessica Wilkinson, Neil Booley, Nick Chapman, Julie Ellis, Sam Cowan, Lucinda Pitcher, Karen Maw, Sharon Jenkins, Helen Bartholomew, Vicky Plaice, Simon Plaice, Val Smith, Rosie Self, Philip Cowan, Jenny Briley, Ben Cowan and Fiona Kane took part.

The total effort has raised £14,000 so far and there is still some sponsorship to come in.

The group were inspired by a young member of Boston Wheelers, Oliver Carr, who has type one diabetes.

Both Oliver’s parents rode the Prudential 100 and were supported by members of the club.

The ladies’ team have hosted several fund-raising events throughout the year as well as training hard for the event as many were new to cycling.

JDRF funds research to cure, treat and prevent type one diabetes and provides information for children, adults and parents living with the condition, at all stages from diagnosis and beyond.

Jenny Carr, Oliver’s mum, said: “JDRF provided great support when Oliver was first diagnosed and are doing great things to make improvements in the management of type one diabetes, which is very difficult, particularly in children.

“Having the support of my friends and members of the cycling club in completing the 100-mile challenge and all the fundraising has been heartwarming.

“The amount raised has exceeded all my expectations, but more so the fact that more people are now aware of type one and the difficulties in living with the condition.”

Further information is available at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/BostonWheelersLondonPrudentia100JDRF