Great start to cy­cling fundrais­ing Chal­lenge

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Finley’s Julie Thom­son and San­dra Gray have set them­selves the task of par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

The Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge is a na­tional Chil­dren’s Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive held through­out the month of Oc­to­ber.

Both ladies have set their goal to ride 500km this month ac­com­pa­ny­ing each other on their jour­neys.

They started out their month with a 90.7km ride tak­ing a long route to Ber­ri­gan and back.

‘‘We didn’t ease our­selves into it that’s for sure,’’ Julie said with a laugh.

‘‘We rode all the way there and then re­alised that we had to go all the way back, so we were just forced to do it.

‘‘We haven’t trained for the month or any­thing ei­ther, we just have kind of gone out and done it.

‘‘At least we got to have a few days off from cy­cling be­cause of it.’’

When asked why they’re do­ing it, both re­sponded with a sim­ple an­swer: To raise money for can­cer re­search.

‘‘I’ve been lucky enough to not have had a per­sonal story with can­cer,’’ Julie said.

‘‘But it’s just such a good cause so we thought we would help out and do what we can.’’

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Chal­lenge has had its perks with San­dra win­ning the draw for the Trek Do­mane SL6 val­ued at $4499 just by sign­ing up for the month of rid­ing.

‘‘It was an­nounced last month and it was a great sur­prise,’’ San­dra said.

‘‘I’ve been us­ing the new bike and will con­tinue to use it for the rest of the month.

‘‘It’s been a good month so far. I can cope with the rain and hail but it’s that wind that I don’t like,’’ she said.

When the South­ern Rive­rina News went to print yes­ter­day, Julie had clocked up 187km and San­dra 164.6km.

Both ladies have al­ready posted a strong fundrais­ing tally — Julie with a cur­rent tally of $1191 and San­dra with $745.

If you want to do­nate to ei­ther go to https://great­cy­clechal­­ers/JulieThom­son or https:/ /great­cy­clechal­­ers/ San­draGray.

San­dra Gray (left) and Julie Thom­son dur­ing one of their rides for the Great Cy­cle Chal­lenge.

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