Mum breaking records for a diabetes cure

WHEN it comes to breaking records, forget Beijing.

Coffs Coast local Leanne Laverty recently smashed her 120-minute personal best and recorded a new official time of 93.59 minutes.

And her event? Running the Sydney City to Surf fun run with the goal of raising money towards finding a cure for diabetes.

“My two sons have diabetes and, as a mother, watching them both inject themselves with insulin more than five times daily is almost too much to bear - we need to work towards finding a cure,” Ms Laverty said.

While in Sydney Leanne and her friends Sharon and Rhonda all wore brightly-coloured 'jelly bean' singlets designed by Coffs Harbour company Wear It.

“The singlets got a lot of reaction, we met so many great people,” Leanne said.

“We were wearing the singlets in the monorail and one lady, who overheard our conversation about trying to raise money by running in the marathon, dug into her handbag and handed us $5 - she then told us about her husband who has diabetes.”

Leanne is thrilled with her new personal best time in the City to Surf, which has come as a result of long hours of training and daily runs from West Coffs to the Jetty.

“Rocky, my dog, was my training partner,” she said. “I was aiming at getting under the 100-minute mark and running without Rocky (who was constantly stopping for 'wee' breaks) I was able to really smash that.”

Leanne's sons Mitchell and Rohan are proud of their mum and will be barracking for her next year when she will make an attempt to break the 90-minute mark.

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