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HypoActive type 1 John Thompson: just keeps on running
As we draw slowly towards the festive season and the end of the year, our mid-spring social exercise get-together is located in Albert Park, in the shadow of the city, but in full glorious sunshine. Once a lagoon in the Yarra River delta, Albert Park Lake is now the home of many sporting and athletic activities, with plenty of room for a keen bunch of type 1's to have some HypoActive fun.
On the Sunday 25th October the meet is at 9.30 am (SHARP!) on Aquatic Drive, opposite the yacht club. The easiest way to get to the start is via Albert Rd Drive and then take a right turn into Aquatic Drive. Melways reference: Map 2K F6. Email John if you're not sure and he can send you a very good map.
This year is the 38th Melbourne Marathon, now an icon event for Australians of all fitness levels. For several years Melbourne has seen about 6 1/2 thousand brave runners complete the full 42 km course, but also over 35,000 sign up as a total for all the events. This event caters for everyone: there's the traditional, grueling 42.195 km; a halfie; a 10 km option; 5.7 km for the strong, but not so long; and a fabulous 3 km course for those who either want to run what they can or just walk to get active, take part in such a vibrant city happening and maybe raise some money for one of the event's nominated charities - or a charity of their own choosing (could be HypoActive!).
Every course finishes with a lap of your very favourite sportsground - the MCG!
The next HypoActive Fun Run/Walk/Ride is at this fantastic location on the mighty Maribyrnong River in Essendon. As Melbourne's green wedges go, the Maribyrnong is probably the finest. There are paths and cycleways aplenty along both sides of this majestic waterway and even bridges to create scenic loops. If you bring your bike and feel like just carrying on you can ride all the way up to Brimbank Park, through some of Melbourne's finest riverside parklands, or head straight down to Docklands and Footscray. In Essenden itself, there are massive wide paths, very little traffic and enough people out exercising to keep you motivated and moving. But if it's the meet you like, there's a superb cafe lined up for the post-activity refueling.
We don't have a July Fun Run/Walk/Ride as the huge Run Melbourne event is at the end of July and we have a strong team of type 1 runners for all different distances. The next HypoActive Sunday get-together is a big step further towards spring and we can all look forward to a warmer workout.
So at the end of August, HypoActive runners, walkers and bicycle riders are meeting to take on the high profile, central Melbourne loop - The Tan.
Once again, HypoActive has formed a type 1 team for this classic Melbourne event. Now in its 8th year, Run Melbourne offers a half marathon, a 10 km run, a 5 km run/walk and even a kids 3 km run. It's become the community fitness event of the year, with individuals raising funds for hundreds of different charities.
HypoActive always makes sure there are Insulin Injected Engines® singlets creating a big splash and showing not just that type 1 diabetes need not stop anyone doing anything, but that type 1's can compete with the best, whether that means crossing the winning line or showing off the fittest young family for miles. Wear yours in this event and shout to the world that you're an active type 1.
A splendid acquisition for our itinerary of parks and trails around greater Melbourne, Caulfield Park is centrally located and has great access from major roads. There is a circuit of about 2.5 km and the tracks are bitumen, which makes them comfortable for all sorts of bicycles. All round it's the perfect spot for type 1's to get together for whatever level of exercise they choose.
The Kokoda track/trail is the most famous in Papua New Guinea and is known for being the location of the World War II battle between Japanese and Australian forces in 1942. The 1,000 steps represent the Golden Staircase, a name given by the Australian Army Engineers to the track between Uberi and Imita Ridge in Papua New Guinea. But you don't have to go and fight in the jungle, you only have to get to Upper Ferntree Gully.
This amazing place is a unique spot located in the Dandenong Ranges National Park at Mt Dandenong. The track was created in the early 1900's and made from the trunks of tree ferns laid along the wetter areas of the track to make the climb a little easier. These were replaced by wooden palings before the more permanent concrete steps were installed in 1950.
The latest Fun Run/Walk/Ride is all about taking in the best of this charming township on the western side of the mouth of the great Yarra. It may be wild beyond and further west, but here it's the dependable clank of ropes on masts. the intriguing aromas from onboard BBQ's and the company of wild seabirds more travelled than most Williamstown sailors, who are generally more salubrious than salty.
Williamstown was a strong and busy port settlement in the 19th century and still boasts many handsome early buildings. Today it's the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning whether you're out for some energetic enterprise, interested in some some top class fare, heading to meet and greet - and most especially if you're after all three.
Williamstown breakfast of type 1 champs
Event Date: 29th Mar 2015
Studley Park is quite possibly the best location for HypoActive Fun Run/Walk/Rides. It's truly picturesque, so close to the city, yet with all the looks and ambience of deep bush. It's a lovely spot. It has numerous and diverse paths and tracks, so type 1 exercisers can choose precisely how much of the puffy stuff they want to take on and whether they want a wooded workout or a riverside run.
And then there's the Boathouse itself. When the exercise ends, it's time for all to get their heads together, devour each other's feedback - and refuel on the delicious fare of the Boathouse cafe. Here they have all manner of delicious diabetic food. You might like to ponder the house-made buttermilk hotcakes served with vanilla ice-cream and maple syrup. I won't be there, but I'm going to ponder them anyway.
On the last weekend of March, type 1 cyclists from all across Australia will be gathering once more in Melbourne's western suburbs to make their way up to the giant Murray River for the start of this extraordinary event. Dozens of teams will form to raise money for their local health services and health charities and all of them will ride in relay from Australia's greatest river down to the picturesque and charming coastal town of Port Fairy at the mouth of the meandering Moyne - in just 24 hours. There are options for the distance teams can cover in this event, but as always HypoActive will be covering the full 520 km, cycling well into the night and out of the early morning.