A GP from Midhurst will be giving Bradley Wiggins a run (or cycle) for his money when she embarks on an epic bike ride to Paris to raise money for Diabetes UK.
Dr Rowena Hill and 18-year-old daughter Katie are planning to participate in the 300km London to Paris Cycle Challenge between September 6-9.
They will be cycling between 60 and 80 miles a day, over three days.
Dr Hill said: “If I could do anything for a good cause then I wanted to do it for Diabetes UK.
“I attend a conference once a year run by the charity, and have a particular interest in this field. There are more than 650 patients with Diabetes in the Midhurst practice.
“It can affect both children and adults, so exercise and education about prevention are key.”
The last few weeks has seen them take on gruelling training sessions, cycling three times a week, going to the gym and attending spinning classes.
Katie, who will soon be attending Durham University to study Economics, has also been swimming regularly in preparation.
Diabetes UK is a British-based charity which campaigns on behalf of all people affected by, and at risk of, diabetes.
Dr Hill has worked in diabetic care in both general practice and hospital clinics for the past 17 years.
She is the diabetic lead GP for the Riverbank Medical Centre in Midhurst and is “passionate about providing good diabetic care.”
More screening is being done for people at risk of developing diabetes.
The best way for ‘pre-diabetics;’ those at risk of developing diabetes either because of their lifestyle or for hereditary reasons, is moderate weight loss, diet and regular exercise - including cycling.
Rowena and Katie have raised around £1,000 so far, but are hoping to double this.
Anyone wishing to sponsor the charitable duo can do so via the reception desk at Riverbank Medical Centre or on line at www.justgiving.com/Rowena-Katie.
For more information about Diabetes and the Hill’s cycling route, visit www.diabetes.org.uk.