Hanley’s family inspires 60km run
‘My cousin just beat ovarian cancer and then she heard about this’
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.
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.