Chiswick Man's 'Epic' Journey

John Grummit cycles from John O’Groats to Lands End in aid of Diabetes UK

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"On a sunny afternoon, I reached Land’s End after what was an epic journey," John Grummit tells "The gales and driving rain of John O’Groats seemed a very distant memory.

The Vice Chair of Diabetes UK cycled 1,008 miles from John O’Groats to Lands End to mark the Diabetes Week and help raise vital funds for the leading health charity.

Long time Chiswick resident John has Type 1 diabetes was joined by Olympic Gold Medallist James Cracknell as he cycled at a gruelling pace, covering 73,000ft, a distance that is equivalent to 2.5 times the height of Mount Everest.

"I have created a short video which you might find entertaining," says John. "It is quite brief and cannot hope to capture everything but I hope it does give some taste of what we got up to."

"I have been immensely touched by the huge generosity that so many people have shown. Together we have already raised over £7,000 (and that does not include the Gift Aid) to enable children to attend educational weekends who otherwise would not be able to afford to do so. In so doing, we will have a profound, positive impact the lives of many children and their parents and carers."

July 5, 2010