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Charity rider Paul to cycle from Brussels to Barcelona in three days
A CHARITY rider is getting back in the saddle to help others who share his life-long condition.
Paul Morris will cycle 330 miles in three days, climbing 6,500m on the way.
The Dorchester research scientist was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes aged 12 and cycles for his health.
In June he completed a charity ride from London to Paris and was bitten by the charity challenge bug.
So he will set off to complete the third stage of the mHealth Grand Tour, a ride from Brussels to Barcelona with Type 1 diabetes suffering amateur athletes from around the world.
They’re part of the newly formed ‘Team Blood Glucose’, a not for profit social enterprise set up to promote exercise as an effective tool in the management of diabetes and help diabetics get active.
Paul said: “Exercise can often be quite daunting, particularly for Type 1 diabetics, since it can increase the risk of dangerous low blood sugar if glucose and insulin levels aren’t carefully monitored and worked out.
“But once you’ve got over that and worked out how to manage things - taking on extra carbohydrates and reducing the amount of insulin you've taken before or after the exercise - then the long term benefits far outweigh that.
“This is a personal challenge. Managing my diabetes through three days of pretty intense exercise isn't going to be easy.
“But I also want to try to reach out and share with other people with diabetes that this is possible and that it can make a huge difference to your physical wellbeing.”
Paul hopes to raise money and awareness for Team Blood Glucose and once again is cycling in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
He collected £2,679 from his last charity ride and hopes to break the £3,000 mark. He said: “This would go a long way to helping the JDRF find a cure for this chronic condition.
For more information about the mHealth challenge, visit mhealthtour.com
To sponsor Paul’s fundraising for JDRF visit uk.virgin moneygiving.com/PMorris or text PLP94 followed by the amount (£) to 70070.
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