Record breaker’s new mis­sion

South Waikato News - - Your Local News - MIKE BAIN

Five-time world cham­pion cy­clist Jim Mc­mur­ray has earned a heap of ti­tles but the fo­cus will be on mens’ health when he ap­pears at his next big event.

Mc­mur­ray has signed up for the in­au­gu­ral en­durance cy­cling event at Hamp­ton Downs Mo­tor­sport Park in Oc­to­ber. He hopes oth­ers will sign up too.

The four-hour en­durance re­lay cy­cling event, Pedal4prostate, will sup­port the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion of New Zealand.

It will be the first time cy­clists have the chance to race on a track nor­mally used by cars.

In peak con­di­tion Mc­mur­ray con­tin­ues to amass world cy­cling records in his 50s.

But he says he isn’t im­mune to prostate can­cer, a dis­ease which af­fects 3000 Kiwi men, one in 13, ev­ery year.

‘‘We all know some­one who has been af­fected by can­cer in one form or an­other,’’ said Mc­mur­ray.

‘‘When I found out how many men each year are di­ag­nosed with prostate can­cer, I felt a call to ac­tion.’’

Mc­mur­ray ad­mit­ted he was ner­vous­ness about get­ting his prostate checked, ’’it was bit in­va­sive but it wasn’t so bad’’.

‘‘If I could get as many peo­ple to do some­thing as sim­ple as hav­ing a check, it’s a big win.’’

The Pedal4prostate is open to ev­ery­one who wants to en­ter a team.

Mc­mur­ray ex­pects cy­clists will set some new track records as bikes have never been al­lowed on the track. He hopes it will raise funds and drive aware­ness of the most com­mon can­cer in Kiwi men.

‘‘It’s the first – and maybe only - time Hamp­ton Downs will close the track just for cy­clists to ex­pe­ri­ence the twists and turns for them­selves,’’ he said.

Mc­mur­ray can­not wait to get onto the smooth hot mix as­phalt cir­cuit. You can only do it once a year. Mc­mur­ray is a mem­ber of Ti­rau Cy­cle Club, and Forest­land Wheel­ers in Toko­roa. He set the world one hour track time trial record, at the re­cent World Masters Games held in New Zealand.

He is due to head off to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships in France con­fi­dent his neg­a­tive yearly prostate check will en­sure can­cer will not stop him en­joy­ing the rest of his life. Bur­glar­ies There were three bur­glar­ies for the week, two of which could re­ally be de­scribed as more caus­ing dam­age.

Two of these took place at res­i­den­tial ad­dresses and the third in the in­dus­trial area in Toko­roa.

The in­dus­trial area has been tar­geted lately and given the time we now live in you have got to re­ally have CCTV in place or some other se­cu­rity sys­tem to help de­ter thieves.

There are lots of af­ford­able op­tions on the mar­ket now so look into what will work best for you. School hol­i­days The YMCA have been run­ning a bril­liant hol­i­day pro­gramme and get­ting a huge turnout which is great for ev­ery­one.

Pro­grammes like these keep kids out of trou­ble which means par­ents don’t have to worry about where their kids are and they are not out wan­der­ing . Win­ter driv­ing Re­mem­ber to in­crease fol­low­ing dis­tances.

*Se­nior Sergeant Ja­son Hen­der­son.

‘‘If I could get as many peo­ple to do some­thing as sim­ple as hav­ing a check, it's a big win.’’ Jim Mc­mur­ray

Jim Mc­mur­ray is us­ing his ap­pear­ance at the Pedal4prostate event to pro­mote men’s health.

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