Record breaker’s new mission
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.