Bar­ney flies past the half-way mark

Central Queensland News - - SPORT - Kris­ten Booth Kris­ten.Booth@cqnews.com.au

CLOS­ING in on the fin­ish line, Bar­ney Hens­ley has al­ready com­pleted more than half of his Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

The 11-year-old has cur­rently ped­alled 65.2km of his 100km goal, and is over the moon with his com­ple­tion of the 50km ride from his Peak Vale home to Cler­mont’s Theresa Creek dam.

Through rough and slip­pery ter­rain, Bar­ney was de­ter­mined to smash his train­ing times and man­aged to wipe 10 min­utes off each 10km stretch.

“At first I was think­ing, ‘I won’t be able to do this’ and then the next 10km was easy,” he said.

“The fur­ther I went the eas­ier it was and it felt like the first 10km were ac­tu­ally the hard­est.

“I felt very good when I reached the end and Mum was very sur­prised that I wanted to ride some more when I got home.

“I am very proud that I ac­tu­ally achieved the ride and com­pleted.”

Bar­ney loved hav­ing fam­ily and friends cheer­ing him on through­out the ride, and will con­tinue to fin­ish the fi­nal dis­tance in shorter rides over the com­ing weeks.

His big­gest sup­porter, his Mum, Nina Hens­ley, said she was blown away by how quickly he trav­elled on his 50km ride, con­sid­er­ing the tough con­di­tions.

“In the process, he crossed 14 cat­tle grids, got dusted by no less than nine road trains cart­ing gravel, ne­go­ti­ated sev­eral patches of an­kle deep bull­dust and met one bull who couldn’t catch him,” she said.

All funds raised through­out the chal­lenge go to­wards fight­ing can­cer, a cause close to Bar­ney’s heart.

Two years ago, he lost his Grandma to the disease and is rid­ing hard to help chil­dren push through.

Al­though do­na­tions are open un­til the end of the month, Bar­ney has al­ready raised $1500.

“It feels good to have raised so much money, some peo­ple haven’t raised a dol­lar,” he said.

“And it all helps find cures for kids with can­cer and save lit­tle lives.”

Cur­rently ranked 16th in all of Queens­land, Bar­ney is de­ter­mined to raise as much as he can.

To sup­port Bar­ney and fol­low his jour­ney, visit great­cy­clechal­lenge.com.au/ and search Bar­ney Hens­ley.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PUSH­ING THROUGH PAIN: Bar­ney Hens­ley is rid­ing 100km through Cen­tral Queens­land as part of the Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge for chil­dren’s can­cer aware­ness.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Bar­ney gets a com­pan­ion on his 100km ride.

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