A DIABETES sufferer has completed the first of four gruelling cycling challenges to swell the coffers of a charity which helps people with the same condition.

David Allen, 57, of Collins Way, Eastwood, rode 50 miles around Cambridgeshire to raise £1,000 for Diabetes UK. He is planning another three rides later this year.

The software developer became an avid cyclist two years ago after he searched for a way to manage his health and Type 2 diabetes, which he was diagnosed with in 2003.

Since then, Mr Allen has lost a stone-and-a-half in weight and decided to tackle four cycling challenges, which will see him clock up more than 200 miles in total.

After completing the first challenge, Mr Allen who was joined on training rides by his 23-year-old son James, said he was looking forward to the next three.

Mr Allen added: “After training through the wet, winter months, I was really pleased to get through the first of my four rides and I really enjoyed it.

“Even the rain held off until we went through the finish line.”

Bosses at the charity said Mr Allen is a role model for other diabetes patients.

Sharon Roberts, eastern regional manager for the charity, said: “David is proof that cycling, like other forms of physical activity, can help people stay fit and better manage their diabetes.

His next ride will take place in June with a 60 mile course around Essex.

To donate to the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/daallen.