Type 1 Ultra

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

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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My Big Red Run Race Report

My Big Red Run Race Report

Type1Ultra articles and links are meant to be more diabetes-focused than just normal race reports or running/endurance information. But I wrote this latest piece for The Blister, a major running club’s magazine, so it’s more general news. Hope you enjoy it anyway! Big Red Run was certainly diabetes-focuse so that more than averages it out I reckon  🙂 

I’ll have a writeup here soon of our 190km fastpack/powermarch/trailrun from Bendigo to Ballarat. My Accu-Chek Mobile glucose meter failed me disappointingly early on the second day with about 100km still to go, which definitely could have been a critical problem if a nurse 40km later hadn’t been a quick thinker and a genuine help, lending me an Optium Xceed for the remainder of the run.

I am not going to brand bash here. The Mobile is an incredibly convenient unit to use. It would be nice if it was smaller and lighter, but no other BGL meter that I know of comes as an all-in-one package which is so ideal for sports on the go. Different versions of the same unit have done a great job for me in Sahara, Atacama, Antarctica, the Simpson Desert, and the Gobi – even after dropping from height onto a hard floor. But if a company is going to price disposable cartridges at $30 each, the cartridges better work. Just saying.

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Woohoo! 210 session!

So we’re off. Fly to Melb, train to Bendigo, then run to Ballarat, 210km with 9kg packs by Sunday dinner. Write up to follow 🙂 Roger.

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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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Big Red Video


Will hopefully get a version sorted that we can embed this week, but for now – if you haven’t seen it or even if you have – here is the Today Show‘s summation of the Big Red Run launch of the Born To Run Foundation’s ultra campaign in Australia with Steven & Duncan rocking out completely.

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“Metabolically active muscle” is healthier muscle.

Whether you’re feeling sorry for yourself over a new or longstanding diagnosis of type 1, or you’re working with MISINFORMED health professionals who think type 1 diabetes is a good reason to take it easy, it’s up to you to get active. It’s the only way that you will ever get on top of your condition, beating your blood sugars, the blues, and have any real prospect of long term health being your friend.

The only thing more annoying than hearing that type 1s have been told that they can’t do endurance sports by people who should know better is, of course, people who talk about type 1 as though it is almost exactly the same as type 2. It’s not! Just saw this interesting news report, though, of a new drug called SR9009 producing remarkable endurance responses in metabolically damaged mice. Read the rest of this entry »

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Team Novo Nordisk in The Guardian

Type 1 diabetes sufferer Phil Southerland was offered a grim prognosis as a child. Now he leads Team Novo Nordisk, a unit of pro athletes all battling – and beating – the disease ….read more

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Type 1 diabetes never quits

I’m setting up this site with the intention that it will become a collection and selection of practical, useful, tried and tested links, shared experiences, and useful articles and features all relevant to the aspirational and possibly baffled type 1 diabetic (newly diagnosed or old school) looking for a way to get it done, endurance style. To that end, it should feature at some time in the near future a number of motivated type 1s and their own stories.

Marcus kindly made this short clip for me a few months ago when I presented to the Hypoactive AcT1vate conference in Victoria, alongside T1 legend and author Gary Scheiner. When I was first diagnosed in 2008, I began following Marcus’ quest for a Boston Marathon qualifier. His example was one of determination, common sense, and self-belief. I’m grateful that his blog Sweet Victory was part of my life at that time. He certainly inspired me and I hope his simple but clear message will inspire you too.

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Big Red Run, what a brilliant week in the desert by Roger Hanney

The trouble with being type 1 is that you do the things you do to more or less deny the constraints of type 1 diabetes from having any power over your life and the choices you make. But, at the end of the day, if that strategy works – and perhaps moreso if it doesn’t – it’s necessary to acknowledge the role that your D plays in your choices and actions, and discuss its effects, or absence, in your outcomes. Why? Because even though there is a rapidly growing movement and body of information out there, existing to empower and activate more and more type 1s who might otherwise be cocooned in the false belief that full lives are not for them, there is still a majority opinion in practice that type 1s are somehow less capable of great things than the rest of the world’s pancreatically-enabled thrillseekers.
My hope is that other type 1s working in and around endurance sports will contribute to this site, so that it may become part of a growing network of information repositories, easily found and used by newly diagnosed and longstanding diabetics alike, families, friends, and parents recently stunned by an entirely unanticipated diagnosis, and any of the many political, regulatory, and health-based institutions still malignantly purveying the lie, “You can’t”.

run, eat, sleep, run.

Before reading any further, if you are living with type 1 diabetes, please know that you aren’t allowed to use it as an excuse – for anything. Hitting the ‘Quit’ button because you have type 1 is the biggest mistake you can make. Regardless of what health practitioners might try to tell you, the risks posed to you by inactivity and lack of fitness, lack of will-power, and lack of self-reliance are far greater than those posed by your condition alone. Anything is possible, if you choose to really do it.

Like every multiday desert run, and every Racing The Planet 250km event that we’ve run and loved in the past, the Big Red Run finished last week by bringing us back to the place where we began. This time, it wasn’t San Pedro, or Cairo, or Kashgar, or even Ushuaia. It was Birdsville. And like every other time we’ve…

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