My diabetes kit Paul Shields



Paul was diagnosed

with late onset Type

1 diabetes July 2013.

In June this year he

cycled the entire length

of the UK, solo and unsupported, to raise

money for charity. The challenge, known

as Lejog, is from Land's End in Cornwall

to John O'Groats in the Highlandsat the

tip of Scotland.

Developing diabetes was certainly a

factor in Paul's decision to take this on.

He says, "I wannted to prove that I could

manage it, rather than sit at home and let

the disease limit what I could do. I had

great support from the Derby diabetes

team and was lucky enough to get a place

on the Dafne course shortly before the

trip. The advice from the Dafne course

plus information on the Runsweet website

were invaluable to the success of the trip..

Nipro also deserve a special mention

for their helpsupport, not only did they

equipprovided me with a lightweight and

compact "true resultTRUEyou mini" meter,

but they also provided provided generous

sponsorship in the form of a waterproof

cycling jack and a significant donation to

the charities I was am supporting. The

TRUEyou mini meter was much smaller,

and lighter and simpler to use than my

previous one, and weight is most definitely

a a key factor when you are carrying all

your own kit"

The challenge brought back fond

memories for Paul, who had originally


cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats

25 years ago (remarkably using the same

bike, but via a different route) to raise

money for sustainable development

charity Raleigh International. Paul says: "I

am eternally grateful for the opportunities

and experiences that Operation Raleigh

gave me. Eighteen months ago I lost

my friend and work colleague Andy to

bone marrow cancer. These events and

experiences make me feel grateful for

the opportunities I have received and

even for the recent challenges to my own

health. They motivate me to raise money

to support these important associated


Paul's route took him from Cornwall

and the west country, along Britain's

longest river - the River Severn -- and

into Wales, then it was on through

Cheshire and Cumbria before finally

reaching Scotland. He continued through

to Glasgow, passed Loch Lomond and

Inverness, and cycled along the north

coast before finally arriving at John

O'Groats. He remembers, "The worst

bits was were definitely the endless hills

of of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and then

Dartmoor in Devon. I had forgotten just

how lumpy these two counties are and

was still building my fitness and stamina

in these early stages! The best bits

were meeting people along the way,

the fabulous scenery and the many

messages of encouragement I received

from friends and family in feedback to my

One for the road: Paul on his

trip, and above, his blood

testing kit.

online diary."

Paul's on insulin, using NovoPens with

two slow-acting and fast-acting insulin

with meals. He carried this and his blood

testing kit in his bicycle paniers and had

chosen the blood test meter for it's small

size. All the extra diabetes paraphernalia

was a bit of a hassle, but the only change

he made to his normal regime was to set

an alarm to wake in the night to check

his levels, in order to avert any possibility

of a night-time hypo as he was far from

home and any immediate help and as

getting his insulin regime attuned to the

additional physical exertion was initially a

bit of a challenge.

Paul feels that maintaining a level of

fitness certainly seems to help keep his

blood sugar optimised and low under

control, and regular testing are is key to

managing the condition. He is already

planning another challenge with Nipro for

next year, which and one of the options

might involves cycling folding bikes

between the three peaks of Snowden,

Sca Fell and Ben Nevis and taking the

bikes up each summit. Paul's fundraising

page can be found here.


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