Bar­rie ready for run

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By BELINDA CIPRIANO

AT 77 years old, Bar­rie Ker­naghan is show­ing no signs of slow­ing down.

The World Masters Athletics Cham­pi­onships gold medal­list has re­cently signed up for the Run for a Rea­son to raise money for Su­bi­aco-based Di­a­betes WA, where he is an am­bas­sador.

Mr Ker­naghan, who was di­ag­nosed with type 2 di­a­betes six years ago, said de­spite the ini­tial shock of his di­ag­no­sis, it had not stopped him from liv­ing life to the fullest.

“I haven’t let di­a­betes af­fect me one bit as I’ve made sure to keep a sen­si­ble diet and do plenty of ex­er­cise,” he said.

Plenty of ex­er­cise for Mr Ker­naghan means run­ning and win­ning gold for Aus­tralia in the 100m and 200m World Masters Athletics Cham­pi­onships in Perth last year and an award for sprint­ing in 2015.

He said his love of run­ning had been with him since the age of 18 and with a drive to con­tinue to win, he planned on tak­ing part in more com­pe­ti­tions. “I cer­tainly never thought I would still be com­pet­ing at world level at this age but it’s been a great way to keep ac­tive, travel the world and make plenty of friends along the way,” he said.

“I en­joy sprint­ing the most as it is ex­plo­sive, burst­ing out of the blocks, and I race as train­ing so I com­pete in sprint events and re­lays every Tues­day and Fri­day night.”

Bar­rie will run in the 70-80 year old age bracket of the Run for a Rea­son on Sun­day, May 28. To sign up visit www.hbfrun.com.au.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467227

On his toes: Bar­rie Ker­naghan has been run­ning since he was 18 years old.

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