Team beats the heat to help out diabetes charity

A mini-heat wave did nothing to deter a team of committed runners and cyclists who raised hundreds of pounds for a diabetes charity by completing a 14 mile challenge.

The group ran and biked along the Brampton Valley Way from Harborough to Northampton on Saturday, June 6, for the InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) in a bid to generate much-needed funds.

The 11 fundraisers included three runners, seven cyclists and ‘mascot’ Archie Jelley, son of the organiser, who rode in a bike trailer behind mum Claire Jelley’s bicycle.

They collected about £300 in sponsorship. Two of the cyclists – Caroline York and Una Loughran – cycled the route twice, racking up a total of 28 miles in the charity’s Striding out for Diabetes challenge.

Oliver Jelley, 33, from Scotland Road in Harborough, who organised the event, said: “Everyone did brilliantly in completing a tough challenge in hot and dry conditions.

“Last year when we started this challenge six of us took part and this year we had 11 so it’s building nicely – next year we’re hoping for more.”

The charity formed in 1994 to fight for choice of insulin for all. It now provides a free, confidential helpline and lobbies the government on behalf of its members.

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.”

Donations can still be made at