On their bikes for a good cause

Oxford Mail: Mark Carpenter, left, with fellow tutors past and present on the marathon ride Mark Carpenter, left, with fellow tutors past and present on the marathon ride

A SPORTS tutor has shown what he is made of after cycling 170 miles across the country in just two days.
Mark Carpenter, 31, from Langford Village, Bicester, was inspired to take part in a coast-to-coast ride between Morecambe and Bridlington, named the ‘Way of the Roses’, to raise cash for charity Diabetes UK.
One of his former students was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes while studying for a BTEC sports qualification, and Mr Carpenter saw the impact it had on his life.
People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce their own insulin and need daily insulin injections.
Mr Carpenter was joined by current and former tutors at Aylesbury College and a friend for the challenge, which took place on May 27 and 28.
He said: “We rode for 10 hours each day often managing gruelling hills.
“But I was motivated by my ex-
student who copes daily with the complications of the diabetes, and knowing that it was in of aid Diabetes UK was an extra incentive.
“I am very proud of our physical achievement.”
So far the group has raised £2,000 for the charity.
During the ride the group passed through York, Ripon and the Yorkshire Dales.
Colleague Dave Chapman, who took part in the ride, said: “We have seen first-hand how managing diabetes can impact on a young person’s life so we want to help raise money to trying to find a cure. We chose the charity Diabetes UK because they not only fund pioneering research but also offer fantastic guidance and support for people living with the condition.”
Liz Thornton, South East regional fundraising manager at Diabetes UK, said: “We thank and appreciate Mark’s fantastic fundraising achievement.
“Diabetes is one of the biggest health challenges facing the UK today and the money raised will help improve the care and support available for people affected by the condition.”

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