My diabetes kit  Gavin Griffiths, the DiAthlete

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GAVIN GRIFFITHS

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G

avin Griffiths was

diagnosed with Type

1 diabetes when he

was eight years old in

2000. He'd been off

sick with the 'flu virus and recalls, "We'd

been calling it the millennium bug, we

were all sick my mum my dad and my

sister, but I was the only one who stayed

ill. I'd been off school and had been

poorly all over Christmas. I couldn't get

a doctor's appointment as it was hectic

over the holidays. I finally got seen at the

doctors in January and they rushed me

into hospital. It took a week to stabilise

me and I left with syringes and a vial

after being taught how to use mixed

insulin. I also had a blood test meter.

I remember you could press a button

and it fired out the used lancet, which

occasionally got me into trouble…"

Fast forward to 18 years on, and he

was undertaking this marathon task,

literally a marathon of marathons. What

on earth possessed him? He says, "I've

always been sporty but mainly in quite a

laid-back way; competitive but gracious

in defeat - as a Crystal Palace fan, I

have to be! I do remember asking the

doctor when I'd been told I had diabetes,

'can I still play sport?' At the time I was

particularly bothered about football and it

seemed back then that they talked more

about the risks of doing sport over being

supportive of it. Then about 10 years ago,

when I was 17, I started doing sponsored

runs in order to raise money for the local

diabetes clinic. I think I was a little tired

EDITOR'S NOTE: When I spoke

to Gavin Griffiths, also known as

the DiAthlete, he had completed 16

marathons and had nine more to do

before running the final one in London

on May 13, bringing the total to 25.

A marathon is 26.2 miles. These runs

were undertaken in various cities around

the country and for many he was joined

by local people with diabetes who ran

some or all the way with him.

- Sue Marshall

of being told I couldn't do it, or that it

would be hard. Even my parents were

understandably worried, but I actually

ended up running 29 miles in 3 hours and

1 minute - I proved to myself I could do it,

just gutted about that minute!"

Helpful tech

It was at this time that Griffiths started

using the name DiAthlete, and it stuck.

He started doing bigger challenges

meanwhile engaging with people on

social media networks. "In 2014 I did a

challenge in the United States to do seven

marathons in seven days. I was very lucky

to have been sponsored by Dexcom. The

company invited me over to take part and

use their CGM system. It was the first

time I'd tried any sort of CGM and it was

immediately helpful. At that point I was

using a G4, now I use a G5. I can see the

data on my mobile phone via the Dexcom

app and wear the phone in a clear case

strapped to my arm. All I need to do it is

glance at it to know what's going on."

Of the UK-based series of marathons

that Griffiths started at the end of April,

he says that the interesting thing has

been running through so many different

landscapes, as well as meeting many

people who have cheered him on and

given him support in other ways. For each

run he tended to start at about 9:30am

and finish at about 4:30pm, having had

a lunch break earlier in the day. He was

accompanied on each run by a support I can see my data on

my mobile phone via

the Dexcom app and

wear the phone in a

clear case strapped to

my arm. All I need to

do it is glance at it to

know what's going on.

"

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  12. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
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  21. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
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  24. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes diet
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  28. Accu-Chek Insight insulin pump
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