Type 1 Ultra

endurance sports in the weird and wonderful world of type 1 diabetes

Big Red: Lessons from a Type 1 Runner

This is exceptionally clear and personal storytelling. If you’re someone who loves an adventure, loves a good yarn, or has any interest whatsoever in the most uplifting moments of the human condition, then you need to absorb Duncan Read’s tale. Like a 250km run in the desert, it’s substantial, undulating, and over too soon. His flattery made Jess and I blush and giggle but compliments from admirable characters you respect are always welcome. Thank you Duncan. Just like your endurance, persistence and courage, it seems your frank writing also deserves its own place in legend. Anybody with the slightest trace of imagination who reads your story must find inspiration from your reflections on your undertaking of the Big Red Run 2013. RH

A 250km race through the Simpson Desert
By Duncan Read

Big Red Runners in the Simpson Desert

Big Red Runners in the Simpson Desert

 I’m not an experienced ultra-marathon runner.  I’m a regular guy, with a regular job, a great wife and two kids.  I’ve always been sporty, and looked after my fitness. But I have type 1 diabetes. I’ve had it for 27 years, since I was 14.  I entered the Big Red Run, which is a 250km run over 6 days in the Simpson Desert, for a great adventure.  I also entered to prove that type 1 diabetes is not a barrier and does not set limits. On my adventure I found out that I was running for a whole lot more, and that it wasn’t about my legs.  This is my story.  This is a story about the second time type 1 diabetes changed my life. Read the rest of this entry »

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