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Thursday October 17 – Evening of Awesome with Duncan Read, Glenn & Heather Singleman

If you haven’t already read Duncan Read’s epic race report from the Big Red Run, check it out here. It’s a brilliant lesson for anybody who thinks that type 1 diabetics should be wrapped in cotton wool and kept away from the sharp corners of life.

Even if you were at Big Red Run, you might not have realised that one of the doctors, Glenn Singleman, is half of the husband & wife team that holds the world record for the highest joint base jump. Glenn is LOVELY!

Glenn, Heather, and Duncan are talking in support of a fundraiser for cancers affecting women, on the evening of Thursday October 17 at 6:30pm in Surry Hills. Tickets are $35 and I expect the speakers will be excellent.

It’s also refreshing to see people living with type 1 not feeling compelled to do charity work only for type 1 related causes. The message of living without limitations is a universal one. Go, Duncan!  🙂



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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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