Dear Editor,

The UK Wide Cycle Ride challenge returns this September – and it is the perfect opportunity for people from the Midlands to take their fitness up a gear, while raising money for Diabetes UK along the way.

Challengers can pick from one of four virtual distances, ranging from 150 miles for beginners through to 950 miles for more experienced cyclists, and have the entire month to clock up the mileage.

Cycling is a fantastic way to help you get fit and healthy, to have fun and set yourself a goal. And with autumn on the way, bringing slightly cooler weather, this challenge comes at the perfect time for anyone looking to saddle up and give it a try.

You can cycle the miles however you wish over the 30 days of September, by embracing the outdoors or staying at home and using an exercise bike. Or you can do a bit of both.

Those taking part will get their own fundraising profile page and can join a Facebook group where challengers discuss their progress and share tips. There are fundraising incentives, with anyone raising £50 or more receiving a medal. Diabetes UK-branded cycling caps and jerseys will go to anyone raising £150 and £300 respectively.

There is no registration fee and no minimum sponsorship.

Demand for our services has reached unprecedented levels across the past 18 months and we continue to fight for our aim of a world where diabetes can do no harm. People with diabetes need us now, and so we need your support to be able to continue that fight. So please sign up to the UK Wide Cycle Ride at and get pedalling to make every mile count. Your support can change lives.

Thank you,

Peter Shorrick

Midlands and East Regional Head, Diabetes UK