A blooming good effort

Joondalup resident Stephanie Craft took on the 65 Roses Challenge and ran a whopping 65km throughout May. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Joondalup resident Stephanie Craft took on the 65 Roses Challenge and ran a whopping 65km throughout May. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

The Joondalup resident has pledged to complete a triathlon by running 65km, cycling 65km and swimming 16.5km in May for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.

‘Last year’s challenge was tough towards the end, just finding the time to run the kilometres,’ Ms Craft said.

‘I managed to do it but found with the weather I was running on treadmills a lot. This year I am not allowing myself any treadmill running.

‘I felt to do the same thing (as last year) would be too easy and I’m just getting into cycling and love swimming, so I thought it would be a much harder challenge while upping my fitness.’

Ms Craft said she had been swimming at Beatty Park Leisure Centre before work, running along the Perth foreshore after work and cycling on weekends. ‘I definitely love the swimming,’ she said.

‘It’s something I only learnt last year and I really enjoy starting my day with the swim and watching the sunrise. However, the runs along the foreshore and the views are pretty amazing too.’

Ms Craft said she first heard about cystic fibrosis three years ago when her friend’s daughter Ava was diagnosed at birth.

‘The strength and spirit that Ava and her family have are truly inspiring and it’s such a terrible disease, I just hope they find a cure or a manageable treatment one day,’ she said.

There are so many things we can do to help people whose lives are impacted by cystic fibrosis, but it doesn’t get nearly as much attention as cancer or diabetes due to the amount of people affected by it.’

All money raised will go towards cystic fibrosis research and support.

To donate, go to tinyurl.com/p3nq6wf.