Run in memory of a lost brother
IT WAS an emotional run in dire conditions for Grafton's Kerry Priest at the City to Surf in Sydney on Sunday.
With the famous "heartbreak hill" approaching, Kerry hit the pain barrier and was momentarily unsure if she would make it.
"It was tough; I was just thinking one foot in front of the other," Kerry said. "Running in memory of my brother helped for sure."
It was Kerry's ninth City to Surf; but this year she did the run in memory of her brother Grant who took his own life two years ago.
To honour Grant's memory Kerry and her daughter Lauren undertook to raise money for the Black Dog Institute which facili- tates community action against depression and bi-polar disorder.
Lauren made the trip from Brisbane to run with her mum and honour her uncle's memory.
However, training for a half-marathon was not the only big effort the two women put in during the lead-up to the event; together they raised $5500 for the Black Dog charity.
"Life in the country is a lot tougher in a lot of ways," Kerry said. "The Black Dog Institute does some great things in our local area."
It was a special day for Kerry and one which will have enduring significance for her.
Kerry also raised $700 through a raffle that was drawn at her house in Yamba last night.
The winner was Sue Martin of Grafton and she is yet to claim her prize of either a GPS watch or two nights in a holiday apartment in Yamba.