Lucy raises CancerCare funds through Australia’s oldest triathlon

on Thursday, 02 November 2017.

A young woman from Kendal who now lives in Australia has completed a gruelling triathlon in aid of CancerCare.

Lucy Maine, 26, a former Queen Katherine School pupil, undertook Australia’s oldest triathlon – the Nepean Triathlon - on Sunday, October 29.

Lucy’s mum Mary Holland, a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse in the community, is a Trustee of CancerCare so Lucy is well aware of the charity’s work with families affected by cancer and other potentially life-limiting conditions.

The Nepean Triathlon was held at the International Regatta Centre in a major Australian city called Penrith in the Sydney Basin and included a tough 1k swim, a 30k bike ride and a 10k run.

Lucy, who now works in marketing in Sydney, said: “It went really well. I completed the triathlon in two hours and 38 minutes. 

“It was a very hot day and for my first triathlon and I'm happy with my time. 

“I'd never ridden a ride bike or worn a swimming cap before starting my training two months ago so it has been a steep learning curve. 

“The fundraising has gone well too. I've made more than double of my target.” 

Lucy decided to do the triathlon as her mum works with CancerCare.

She said: “CancerCare’s mission is to help people of all ages affected by the impact of cancer and other conditions.

“They provide access to free professional help and support whenever people need it.

“CancerCare has the added benefit of my wonderful mum, Mary.

“My mum is a Specialist Palliative Care Nurse and she sees first-hand the fantastic help and support that CancerCare provides to people and their families during difficult times. Whatever people can donate will make a big difference.”

Lucy decided to make Sydney her home after studying Marketing and Management at Newcastle University and then travelling in South East Asia.

The money she has raised will be used to provide support services to people affected by cancer and their families. Therapies are offered to help people cope with the physical, mental and emotional effects of cancer.

Neil Townsend, chief executive of CancerCare, said: “What Lucy has achieved is truly inspirational.

“It’s great that she decided to run the triathlon to support our work and to honour her mum Mary who works with us at CancerCare.

“Well done Lucy!”