Ulster Cycling News

Atlantic to Titanic Cycle Challenge

dia‘Strive For 5’ is a group of cyclists from across Northern Ireland who not only share a passion for cycling but also know what it means to manage diabetes in their daily lives. They will be taking part in the ‘Atlantic to Titanic Cycle Challenge’ on Saturday 28th September 2013 and they want you to get involved.

They will be starting the challenge in Ballyshannon at 8.00am and then moving on to Belleek, Enniskillen, Tempo, Fintona, Augher, Aughnacloy, Benburb, Moy, Portadown, Lurgan, Moira, Lisburn and finishing at Titanic Belfast.

Naomi Brown, Acting National Fundraising Manager for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, said:

Getting diagnosed with diabetes, whether it is Type 1 or Type 2, can be a massive shock and a frightening one at that. It is so important that people know living with, and managing, diabetes is possible and the diagnosis is not the end of the world.

Strive For 5 cyclists are proof that with support and determination you can lead a very active life whilst managing diabetes. We would ask everyone to get behind the cyclists who will be travelling right across Northern Ireland on Saturday 28th September. We would encourage cyclists living with diabetes to get in touch to join in and fundraisers to get geared up for a titanic challenge!”

Strive For 5 spokesperson Adrian McNally continued:

If you're a diabetic then you'll know it's all about the numbers. It's a constant challenge keeping on top of your blood glucose levels for us. Latest statistics show that there are 75,837 people in Northern Ireland living with diabetes and that number is rising all too quickly.

On 28th September we leave Ballyshannon on the Atlantic coast and cycle 200 km to the Titanic Centre, Belfast on the Irish Sea coast. We want other diabetic cyclists to join us and show that diabetes isn’t a barrier to a full, active life. It won't be easy, it will be a tough challenge but we face those every day.

Strive For 5 is a group of cyclists from Square Wheels CC who just happen to be diabetics. We want to help Diabetes UK Northern Ireland spread the message that there's life after diagnosis and it's a condition you can control with the right diet and exercise. We are embarking on our coast to coast cycle to raise awareness about diabetes and show that cycling is a brilliant way to keep fit and more importantly, to keep on top of those numbers”

‘Strive for 5’ represents the 5.5 blood glucose level which this group finds a helpful target when managing their diabetes. However, people with diabetes should check with their GP or diabetes nurse to find out what their ‘magic number’ is as this may vary. Blood glucose levels may need to be higher depending on age, type of diabetes and whether or not the individual has complications or is prone to hypoglycaemia.

Marian Lamb

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