Prudential RideLondon Fixing Challenge winners announced
2 Feb 2017, 9:45 a.m.
Prudential RideLondon and the Fixing Dad team revealed today the four people chosen for the 2017 Prudential RideLondon Fixing Challenge.
The Fixing Challenge is the follow-up to the acclaimed 2016 documentary Fixing Dad, where filmmakers Anthony and Ian Whitington helped their dad Geoff regain his health and reverse his Type 2 diabetes through significant changes to his diet and lifestyle, including taking on the challenge of riding the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100.
The Whitingtons were determined to create a legacy from the huge success of the film and to give hope to others struggling with obesity or Type 2 diabetes and, in conjunction with Prudential RideLondon, launched the Fixing Challenge.
Anyone who entered the ballot for the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 could nominate themselves, or someone they cared about, to be Fixed through mentoring and support from the Whitington family for the six months leading up to the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 and on Ride day itself.
More than 2000 people applied to be part of the Fixing Challenge and the four chosen riders are:
Adrian Higham, 49, from Brookland, Kent: antiques dealer Adi lost his wife 14 years ago when his children were just two and six months. His weight ballooned and he currently weighs 25 stone. He was hugely inspired by Fixing Dad and wants to fix himself. “I want to beat this. You’ve proved that you can.”
Support rider: Michael Greenslade, one of his customers
Cherry Kelly, 44, from Skegness, Lincolnshire: Serving police officer Cherry weighs 15-and-a-half stone and says she needs to act now to make lifestyle changes. She says she is very disciplined in all areas of her life – except for looking after her health. She enjoys exercising but struggles for motivation. “I’ve put on half a stone a year over the years and if I keep going like that I’m not going to survive to be a decent age. I need help.”
Support rider: Ned Kelly, her husband
Craig Russell, 41, from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: Craig, who works for the National Probation Service, has Type 2 diabetes and has seen his weight go up to 24 stone through his sedentary lifestyle and poor diet. He has three children, who are his motivation and Craig believes if he can change, his children will follow. “I really need Fixing. I want to be an example to them.”
Support rider: Rachel Russell, his wife, and his boss Mark Dennison will also be riding with him
Maureen Webber, 56, from North Yorkshire: Maureen and her two sisters were all diagnosed with cancer between 2011 and 2013. Tragically her older sister lost her fight with lung cancer but Maureen and her younger sister both recovered from breast cancer. Since then Maureen has put on weight and says she needs the Fixing Challenge to inspire her to get back into healthy shape. “Things have gone wrong. My husband and I are carrying far too much weight and I have gone through cancer which has added to the family stress.”
Support rider: Ian Webber (Maureen’s husband)
Anthony Whitington said: “We know how committing to a challenge like this can make a profound and permanent difference to health and lifestyle and we look forward to helping these four wonderful people on their Fixing journey, We will be working closely with them over the next six months and Geoff and I look forward to riding the 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 with them on Sunday 30 July.”
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 four who will also be followed by BBC Get Inspired and featured in the BBC’s coverage of Prudential RideLondon 2017.
Hugh Brasher, Prudential RideLondon Event Director, said: “The Prudential RideLondon Fixing Challenge offers these four families the chance to transform their lives with the help of the Whitington brothers and, on the way, will create more inspirational films to help other families. Poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle are two of the root causes of the global obesity crisis. We hope the journey that our winners will undertake in the next six months will inspire many others to change their lifestyles and improve their health.”
The four winners, together with their support riders and the Whitington family, will lead off the special Fixing Challenge start wave at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 30 July.
The wave will include other Fixing Challenge applicants – and their support riders - who did not make the final four but wish to take part.