Han­ley’s fam­ily in­spires 60km run

‘My cousin just beat ovar­ian can­cer and then she heard about this’

Central and North Burnett Times - - BURNETT SPORT -

IF RUN­NING 60km will save a per­son’s life, Sharon Han­ley said it would be worth it.

The Monto mum is set to take to the pave­ment in Bris­bane’s “Week­end to end all women’s can­cer” run on Oc­to­ber 25–26 as part of a three-per­son team who will each run the 60km course.

“I’ve done a colour run, a triathlon and the Bridge to Botanic in Glad­stone but this time round I wanted to do some­thing for char­ity,” Han­ley said.

“My cousin just beat ovar­ian can­cer and then she heard about this and was think­ing about do­ing it. So we got one of my other cousins and signed up to­gether.”

Un­for­tu­nately can­cer runs in the fam­ily, as Han­ley also had a grand­mother who beat breast can­cer, and she said that was a big mo­ti­va­tor for her to get in­volved.

“It made me think that I’d bet­ter do this now when I’m young and I still can,” she said.

Since the cousins com­mit­ted to the event six months ago, Han­ley said the com­mu­nity had re­ally got be­hind them.

“We were a bit ner­vous be­cause on the ap­pli­ca­tion it said you had to raise $2000 to take part,” she said.

“I thought it was $2000 per team, but it was $2000 each per­son. Luck­ily I’m sit­ting at $2000.20 at the mo­ment so I’m good to go.”

“And that all came from the Monto com­mu­nity, they have been re­ally sup­port­ive.”

The lit­tle town has also sup­ported Han­ley’s train­ing regime, and groups of women do­ing early-morn­ing aer­o­bics in the park is not an un­com­mon sight.

“I’ve got to meet and got to know peo­ple I wouldn’t have oth­er­wise, just through train­ing,” she said.

“I didn’t ex­pect that, it’s been re­ally good.

“I train do­ing all sorts of dif­fer­ent things and they are with all dif­fer­ent peo­ple.”

Han­ley said her big­gest run yet has been 10km but she is not ner­vous about the six-fold longer course at the end of the month.

“We are just go­ing to take it slow and have fun,” she said.

“My shoes are well bro­ken in: I’ve been wear­ing them for months so I think I’ll be able to cope with the blis­ters.”

While Han­ley, 31, said she was sporty as a kid, it was only two years ago when she did the Triathlon Pink that she be­came quite ac­tive once again.

“Our whole fam­ily did the colour run in Moura and I think the kids are hooked on them now.

“They want to do another at the end of the year in Bundy too,” she said, with a laugh.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

ON TRACK: Monto woman Sharon Han­ley has her eyes on the 60km "Week­end to end all women's can­cers" run at the end of the month.

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