Dr. Fro Administers a Bolus Insulin Injection

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On 13th April 2014 I will be running the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Sponsor me on Virgin Money GivingI’ve been blessed with type one diabetes since the age of 18. At the time of writing this blog post I’m 46.

Like many type one diabetics, I give myself an injection of fast-acting insulin before each and every meal and a “bonus” ;) injection before bed of a slow-release, basal insulin. On this basis, I estimate that, since being diagnosed I have given myself over 51,000 insulin injections and I’m getting to the point where I’d rather not have to give myself too many more.

Luckily for me, being 18 years old when diagnosed I was “grown-up” enough to handle many of the issues associated with type one diabetes. I can only imagine how much more challenging type one diabetes must be for those diagnosed at a younger age. We really must find a cure for this PITA condition.

…and then it rained!

Running-wise, I have been a keen runner since about 2008 and ran my first marathon distance back in April 2010. Currently, the only “organised” race I’ve run was the 20 Kilomètres de Paris which was an amazing experience. I’m hoping that running the Virgin Money London Marathon will be an equally awesome experience.

I have created a Virgin Money Giving* site where you can quickly and easily sponsor my run. I truly appreciate any and all sponsorship. If you can’t sponsor me then I’d be equally pleased if you could share this blog post or my JDRF fundraising page with your friends (FaceBook, Twitter, etc… links at the foot of this page) because they may just know somebody affected by diabetes and want to help the JDRF‘s research into curing, treating and preventing type one diabetes.

Thank you.


* Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit fundraising site where more of your sponsorship goes to the charity than other popular fundraising sites.


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I can never seem to remember the nuances of the CSS white-space property and its treatment of source markup with multiple spaces, embedded line breaks and the natural line breaks created due to space limitations of the containing element so I created this simple table to help.

  multiple spaces markup line breaks natural line breaks
normal ignored ignored honoured
nowrap ignored ignored ignored
pre honoured honoured ignored
pre-line ignored honoured honoured
pre-wrap honoured honoured honoured

Here’s a great, in-depth article on the CSS white-space property with lots more information and visual examples from where I got the information for my table.

If anyone has a really simple way to remember this without having to look it up, please share it in the comments Smile


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Jolly pleasant 13.4 mile run this morning. I am on-call for work this week and so I had my wife at home as taxi should I have got called and needed her to drive out and pick me up. Luckily she didn’t need to — nobody called :)

First of the many longer runs in my Virgin Money London Marathon training plan’s “Going Further” phase which ramp up to about 20 miles later in the year. In total I’ll end up running almost 700 miles of training runs before the race itself on 13th April.

Weather-wise a little colder than of late, around 2–3°C. Not sure my legs ever really warmed up but the rest of me was warm enough.


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Last night was seriously wet and windy. Today’s run involved a lot of fallen branch and puddle dodging but luckily it was only a short and gentle three mile jog. Having said that I still spotted 7 wrecked fences and one damaged car port roof on my way round.

Nick Wood, Glenn Cook and I with our medals having just run the 20km de Paris

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Sunday morning heading to the start

Over the weekend of the 12th and 13th of October, 2013 I had the privilege of running in the 20 Kilomètres de Paris.

The chance to run in this prestigious event was afforded me when my employer asked if anyone was interested in running this race; travel, accommodation and race entry provided. Like a fine wine, I don’t travel well (I didn’t even have a current passport) but this was to good an opportunity to miss so I put my name down for the race.

We departed, via EuroStar on Saturday morning and by the afternoon we were in Paris at the runners’ village collecting our race t-shirts and soaking up the atmosphere.

One traumatising taxi journey later we arrived at our accommodation, the Kyriad Hotel. If Paris had such a thing as a Highway Code it would be sponsored by Nike and contain three words; Just Do It!

Not everyone who drives in Paris is mad…but it probably helps if you are.

The evening was spent consuming a great carb-loading pasta meal at the Tardis-like Livio (it’s waaay bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside). The food was smashing and the company consisting of work colleagues, director, an owner and his family was fabulous.

Entrance to the startRace start was 10am on Sunday and after an early breakfast I was at the foot of the Eiffel Tower where the race was due to start some 45 minutes before kick-off. The weather was cool but not cold and with some glorious sunshine—perfect running weather.

The race was amazing with plenty of fantastic support from the Parisian crowd. 23,878 runners took part and it was a true spectacle to behold so many runners setting off up the Av. Albert de Mun on the start of the 20km course.

The course ran along the length of the Allée de Longchamp before doubling back down along Av. de l’HippodromeAllée des Fortifications and Bd. Exelmans before the final run along the north bank of the Seine, crossing at Pont Royal and returning along the south bank to finish at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

My official time of 1h 40m 31s was beyond my expectations and due primarily with trying to keep pace with Glenn, a work colleague also in the race. It has also inspired me to set a challenging 3h 30m target for the 2014 London Marathon which I am running on April 13th, 2014. I was placed overall 7022/23878 and 1932/5248 in my age category. Splits were 5KM 00:25:08, 10KM 00:50:24, 15KM 01:15:20.

I’d run it again in a heartbeat.

I had a fantastic weekend and a totally different running experience from the lone, cold, dark, 5am morning training runs I’d been doing beforehand in preparation for the race. I’d run it again in a heartbeat.


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This procedure has been written about many, many times on the web however I just wanted a place I could quickly and easily find it when I needed it — hence this blog post.

Sometimes I’ve created a new user on my PC to allow others to connect to a share. Of course when I next login to my PC that new user account appears on the login screen when, typically, I just want to see my own user account. Following these instructions you can remove specific user accounts from the welcome / login screen and also the Control Panel User Accounts area.

These instructions involve using the registry editor which can royally mess up your PC if you don’t know what you’re doing. Please take care.

1. Run the Registry Editor by going to the Start Menu > Run or by pressing the Start Menu Key + R at the same time and when the Run dialog appears typing regedit and hitting the enter key. You need an account with administrative permissions to run regedit.

2. In the registry editor browse to:

HKEY_Local_Machine\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList

3. Right-click on the UserList key in the left-hand pane and choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.

4. Type the username of the account you want to hide as the name of the new key and press OK. It will appear in the right-hand pane.

5. Exit the registry editor.

6. The account should no longer appear when you next view the welcome or login screen or in the Control Panel User Accounts area.



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Slightly lighter pace this evening as I followed up with an hour’s worth of swimming.

4.15 mile run, 35′52″, 8′39″ avg pace.

Nimbus 11 mileage: 417.19