Hairdresser hopes to cut it in triathlon

Geared up: Fiona Curry.
Geared up: Fiona Curry.

A hairdresser is using pedal power to raise funds for charity in memory of her father.

Fiona Curry, 30, from Pickhill, near Ripon, is taking part in her first triathlon – the Brownlee Triathlon at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal on Saturday, September 21 – to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

She is running, swimming and cycling in memory of her dad Geoffrey who 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 named after Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee, and his brother Jonny, who won a bronze medal at last year’s Games.

“No matter how tough this triathlon is, it will be nothing compared to what my dad suffered, and what other cancer sufferers go through,” said Ms Curry.

“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.”

Ms Curry will swim 400 metres in the lake, cycle 10km and run 2.5km.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and it will be fun to see the Brownlee brothers competing against each other,” she 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 100km in Somerset for Action Medical Research.

She has also held a “cut-a-thon” at her salon, 
Hairport in Thirsk, to raise £1,500 for research into leukaemia.

Speaking in May when the event was announced, Alistair Brownlee said: “The whole area around Fountains Abbey is fantastic to train as triathletes and a perfect fit for us.

“The paths and trails in the abbey’s estate are a lovely setting for a run, with great views of Ripon Cathedral and the Yorkshire Dales.

“The lanes close to the abbey are some of the best in the country for cycling.”

Jonny added: “We want this triathlon to be part of our legacy and to see as many people take part as possible.”

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