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SEATON: Seaton man’s gruelling ride for charity

Thursday, 04 September 2014

A man from Seaton braved torrential weather conditions to finish the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 last month for Diabetes UK. Jonathan Read-Bone, was inspired to take part in the cycle race for the charity after his mother, Dawn, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes ten years ago Despite the tail end of Hurricane Bertha, Jonathan completed the race in just over six hours. Due to adverse weather conditions that included hours of rain, hail and even thunderstorms, Ride100 took the decision early on Sunday morning to cut out the Surrey Climbs of Box Hill and Leith Hill, as the descents were potentially dangerous. Jonathan said: “After so much preparation, the weekend came and went in a flash of euphoria. “The event was amazing, and afterwards I felt great, much better than I expected. “The rain was pouring down for a lot of the race, but in the final 15 miles the sun came out, and that brought out more supporters to see me cross the finish line in six hours and 10 minutes. “I am delighted that all my training paid off, and that I have raised more than £1,500 for Diabetes UK – double my original target. “I know how important the work of Diabetes UK is due to the experience of my mother with Type 1 diabetes.” The race saw over 20,000 cyclists set off from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and cross the finishing line at The Mall in central London. The route took participants through Surrey as well as past iconic London landmarks such as the London Eye, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Suzanne Maverick, regional fundraiser for the South West, said: “The conditions on the day of the Ride100 were absolutely terrible, and I am so thankful to all our cyclists who battled the conditions to cross the finishing line. The army of friends, family and supporters who all turned out despite the rain to cheer did a fantastic job of keeping morale up. “Everyone who took part should be really proud, and the money raised from the day will help us to get information and support to the 3.8 million people living with diabetes.” To sponsor Jonathan go to www. and to find out more information about signing up to a fund- raising event for Diabetes UK visit /Fundraising-events or call the events fundraising team on 0345 123 2399.

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