Prudential RideLondon Fixing Challenge
In November 2013, 62-year-old Geoff Whitington weighed 20 stone, was suffering from type 2 diabetes and a myriad of other serious health issues and facing the prospect of the possible amputation of a foot.
More than 3.6 million people in the UK suffer from type 2 diabetes and Diabetes UK estimates a further 11.9 million are at increased risk of developing it. Treating diabetes is estimated to cost the NHS £1 million per hour.
FIXING DAD is the inspirational story of how it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes.
Filmmakers Anthony and Ian Whitington have made a powerful and moving documentary which tells the story of their efforts to help their father regain his health through significant changes to his diet and lifestyle including encouraging him to take on the challenge of cycling the 2014 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
Nearly three years on, Geoff has lost seven stone, is no longer diabetic and is enjoying good health. He has become an unlikely ambassador for Diabetes UK, the European Association for the Study of Diabetes and the Paula Carr Diabetes Trust, regularly appearing to talk about how it is possible to change lifestyle and reverse type 2 diabetes.
Geoff and Anthony both rode the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 again in 2016 (on 31 July) to continue to spread the word about the success of the Fixing Dad project.
The BBC screened the UK TV premiere of Fixing Dad on Sunday 24 July on BBC 2. The film is available to download free of charge to all worldwide via www.FixingDad.tv
The 2017 Prudential RideLondon Fixing Challenge
Following the success of Fixing Dad, the Whitington brothers will now help mentor other families in the 2017 Prudential RideLondon Fixing Challenge.
Riders who entered the ballot for the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 before 17:00 on Friday 11 November were given the option to enter the Fixing Challenge. Four riders have been selected to work with the Whitingtons during their preparations for the 100-mile ride on Sunday 30 July 2017.
Anthony and Ian – together with Geoff – will work with the winners to support their training and advise on diet and other lifestyle changes, supported by appropriate experts in the field. They will film the progress of the Fixing Challenge riders, and the footage will feature on BBC Get Inspired and the BBC’s coverage of Prudential RideLondon 2017.
“Fixing Dad could be the story of millions of families in the UK today,” says Hugh Brasher, Event Director of Prudential RideLondon. “It’s a very human and truly inspirational film with the laughter, tears and arguments of family life which we all know well.
“Poor eating habits and sedentary lifestyle are two of the root causes of the global obesity crisis. In the UK alone, diet-related type 2 diabetes causes hundreds of thousands of premature deaths and treating the condition places a huge burden on the NHS.
“The Fixing Challenge offers four families the chance to do transform their lives with the help of the Whitington brothers and, on the way, will create more inspirational films to help other families. We are proud to support this.”