A 14-year old schoolboy and his 70-year-old grandfather have cycled the breadth of England to raise funds for the charity Diabetes UK . Jack Brow, from Tadcaster, and his granddad, Harry Brow, undertook their exhausting 140-mile journey from Whitehaven to Sunderland in only four days, passing through scenic areas such as the Lake District, the Northern Pennines and the Durham Dales on the way.
Harry suffers from type 2 diabetes and is an experienced cyclist who finds that the sport actually helps him to control his condition. However, this was his grandson’s first long-distance cycle ride.
Jack later admitted, “It was quite tough in places, especially going up the big hills. On Sunday we had at least 60 mile-an-hour winds on the tops and it was also tipping it down with rain. That was hard.”
Jack, who goes to Tadcaster Grammar School and works part-time in the tow, has now raised close to GBP200 for Diabetes UK. He decided to raise money for the charity to help his grandfather, and also his grandmother and several friends who have the metabolic condition. He said “My friends who have diabetes have got to inject themselves with insulin every day, but it’s just a normal part of life for them now.”

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