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Sharon’s sets a pace to safety

Sharon Kearney is organising Mountain Challenge which encourages runners and cyclists to tackle the 5km ascent of Mount Archer up Pilbeam Drive in August. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Sharon Kearney is organising Mountain Challenge which encourages runners and cyclists to tackle the 5km ascent of Mount Archer up Pilbeam Drive in August. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

ROCKHAMPTON'S Sharon Kearney loves her weekly mountain ride up Mt Archer.

For the last 15 years she has cycled and jogged up the 5km road once a week.

But since 2013 Sharon has had a dream to make the mountain a safer place for locals to use.

And it all starts with holding Rockhampton's very own "Challenge the Mountain" competition.

On August 29, the local personal trainer will hold a community event for all cyclists and runners in order to educate them about the proper safety measures that need to be taken when tackling Mt Archer road.

Sharon said she thought of the competition two years ago.

"I love cycling up and down Mt Archer but some cyclists and runners don't give this picturesque road the respect it deserves," she said.

"There are people out there who use that specific road in a dangerous way, both drivers, cyclists and runners. I've seen it myself and I've heard a lot of stories from people who actually live up there so I just want to improve the safety of the road so everyone can enjoy using it.

"I also really want to install some features along the road such as seating and water stations so people who are training for competitions or who are just exercising are able to stop, hydrate and rest".

" It's such a beautiful place to spend a morning or afternoon and it's a local icon."

As part of the competition cyclists and runners will compete to claim the title of King and Queen of the Mountain and win $1000 respectively in prize money.

Sharon said it would be an event for people of all different fitness levels.

"There will be three categories to race in," she said.

"I want to encourage everyone to participate in the race because I'm hoping to have an event at the top of the mountain after the race. Some food and entertainment will ensure it is a community event."

THE CHALLENGE:

Entries for the Challenge of the Mountain open in April.

All proceeds raised will go towards installing educational signs, track side facilities and widening part of the Mt Archer road.

To become a sponsor of the event contact Sharon on 0419749545.

Topics:  cycling exercise fitness mount archer running safety



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