Parkin­son’s hope steels iron will

Albany Extra - - Sport - Tim Ed­munds

The hope of find­ing a cure for treat­ing Parkin­son’s dis­ease spurred on lo­cal ath­lete Justin Hardy dur­ing the gru­elling Black­wood Marathon Re­lay late last month.

Hav­ing not com­peted solo in the unique 60km event for about 20 years, Hardy was mo­ti­vated to again take on the five-dis­ci­pline re­lay from Boyup Brook to Bridgetown to raise funds for his best mate, who is af­fected by the dis­ease.

Hav­ing trained for months as a run­ner, a ca­noeist, a swim­mer, an eques­trian rider and a cy­clist, the Al­bany man pro­duced an im­pres­sive fourth-placed fin­ish among hun­dreds of com­peti­tors.

Hardy led af­ter the 12km run leg but slipped back in the 8.5km ca­noe, 1km swim and 16km eques­trian legs, only to make up time in the 20km cy­cle to fin­ish the re­lay just off the podium in fourth in the Iron­man cat­e­gory.

“Dur­ing the race I was well placed for a podium spot, though this was not my aim, just wanted to com­pete and com­plete,” Hardy said. “About 25 years ago, as a younger bloke, I did the Iron­man com­po­nent over a four-year pe­riod and so was mo­ti­vated to give the solo at­tempt a go again for old times’ sake and it was also the 40th an­niver­sary of the event, so kind of spe­cial.

“A good friend of mine has been chal­lenged by Parkin­son’s and it would be so great to see a break­through in treat­ing the dis­ease.”

Al­bany com­peti­tor Lucy An­der­ton fin­ished third in the iron ladies’ cat­e­gory in 4hr.6min.10sec.

The Rac­ing for Ry­der 1 team of Kate Pritch­ett, Eric Dobbe, Cal­lum Schoof, Trevor Wise and Drew Ry­der fin­ished 53rd, while the third Ry­der team of Tahryn Thomp­son, Ron Mas­ter, Bry­die Creagh, Leanne Si­mons and Rus­sell Hart fin­ished 55th. The Rac­ing for Ry­der 2 team of An­drea Camp­bell, Su­san Camp­bell, Louise An­der­ton, Mar­illa Ch­ester and Brent Schoof came in 60th.

Al­bany’s Justin Hardy and Lucy An­der­ton af­ter both com­pleted the Black­wood Marathon Re­lay.

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