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Hairdresser aims to cut a dash at triathlon
12:58pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A HAIRDRESSER has styled herself a fresh challenge by competing in her first triathlon to honour the memory of her father.
Fiona Curry, 30, from Pickhill, near Thirsk, is undertaking the Brownlee Triathlon at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, near Ripon, on September 21 to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
She will swim 400 metres in the lake and cycle 10kms, before running 2.5kms.
Her father, Geoffrey, suffered from leukaemia, a form of blood cancer, for six and a half years before his death at the age of 64 in 2006.
The new triathlon is an open water super-sprint event organised by Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, and his brother Jonny, who won a bronze medal at last year’s games.
Ms Curry, who owns Hairport in Market Place, Thirsk, said: “No matter how tough this triathlon is, it will be nothing compared to what my dad suffered, and what other cancer sufferers go through.
“My dad would laugh and say I’m mad to do it, but I know he would be very proud of me if he were here."
She said competing in a triathlon was a long-held ambition and she was looking forward to seeing the Brownlee brothers compete against each other.
Ms Curry said: “I don’t have a time in mind. I’m sure adrenaline and spectator support will drive me on.”
Last year, Ms Curry cycled 100kms in Somerset for Action Medical Research and has also held a “cut-a-thon” at her salon to raise £1,500 for research into leukaemia.
To sponsor her, go to www.justgiving.com/fiona-curry
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