The Roman Rumble cometh

By | 31 May, 2013
Tim - on a Roman Road, yesterday

Tim – on a Roman Road, yesterday

Avid readers of your soaraway Shoot Up will be aware that I will be cycling across Britain dressed as a Roman in aid of the Pendsey Trust next week.

My cycling partner Stephan has decided that we should include the Hardknott and Wrynose Passes in Cumbrian as part of the route. These are both listed on the Guardian’s Top Ten Hardest Cycle Climbs in the UK, so the prospects of us surviving the ride are fairly limited. If I don’t make it back I leave you in the very capable hands of my esteemed co-writer.

Training has gone well and I’m probably about the fittest I’ve been in a decade. The diabetes seems to be behaving itself with the liberal application of temp basals and alternate basal patterns. I don’t think I could have actually done the ride without the pump – managing the ups and downs of Lantus would have been just too difficult and traumatic for all concerned.

In case I haven’t gone on about it enough, we’re charity we’re riding for is a tiny, new one and it aims to help diabetics in developing countries. Rather than just buying them a tonne of insulin, it aims to provide practical things like an education so sufferers can get a better job and buy their own insulin.

They also do things like providing double-lined clay pots which keep insulin cool in equatorial heat without the need for a fridge or electricity. They cost about £2 each and make a wacking-great difference.

The fact that I’m doing the ride with the aid of a £4,000 pump provided free of charge by the NHS just goes to show how insanely lucky we are to be diabetic in Britain. So if you would like to chip in a fiver or a tenner for some fellow diabetics who are less lucky than us, then head over to the donation page. I only do charity things once a decade – so this is your chance!

Anyway, I hope to report with updates from the road – so follow us on the blog or over on twitter.

Fusce dictum sagittis pecuniam ad nos amici!

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About Tim

Diagnosed with Type One when he was 28, Tim founded Shoot Up in 2009. For the diabetes geeks, he wears a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with Humalog and uses Abbott's Libre flash glucose monitor.

2 thoughts on “The Roman Rumble cometh

  1. brian

    @Tim – the pump was NOT provided free of charge by the NHS. NHS annual budget is £120 billion; population is 60 million therefore everyone pays £2000 pa on average whether they like it or not. There is nothing free with the NHS – you just think it is because you obviously read the Guardian.

    Guardian’s Top Ten Hardest Climbs, really ! That’s a bit like saying you can spell the Sun’s Top Ten Hardest words.

    Enjoy the ride


    1. Tim Post author

      @brian – a very fair point; but the point is we have a nationalised health system: our diabetic chums in developing countries don’t – NSG. Anyway, thanks very much for the donation 🙂

      I found the Guardian list next to their top ten list of sandal-wearing yogurt-weaving tree-hugging namby-pamby bleeding-heart liberals!


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