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Army July 7, 2011
Spokes man for cancer
By Sgt Andrew Hetherington
MOST road cyclists who ride hun-
dreds of kilometres a week do it for
fitness and for themselves.
One reservist from 1 MP Bn at
Gallipoli Barracks Enoggera who
will embark on the inaugural 200km
Queensland Institute of Medical
Research (QIMR) Ride to Conquer
Cancer from August 20-21, is get-
ting saddle sore for another important
In February 2008, MP Cpl Chris
Goakes' father-in-law lost his two-year
battle with inoperable lung cancer.
"I saw the great effect of the loss of
Andy on my wife and her family, but
the person it most hurt was my eldest
son Lochie, who was then three and a
half years old," Cpl Goakes said.
"They were very close and three
years later he still tears up and tells
me how much he misses his Granddad
and how he makes a wish when he sees
shooting stars at night to bring him
"Lochie's reaction showed me
how cancer can have a carry-on effect
with family members and if I can
help with fundraising to assist with a
cure, it might change the experience
other families might go through in the
To train for the event, which will
travel through some of Queensland's
hilliest roads, he's beefed up his
already full-on weekly triathlon train-
"It consists of 25km of running,
150km of cycling, three weights and
gym sessions and 5km of swimming,"
Cpl Goakes said.
"I've only ridden a long distance
similar to this ride once before, which
was last year on the 100km Brisbane to
Gold Coast ride, which took me less-
than four hours.
"Also I completed my first indi-
vidual Olympic distance triathlon this
year at Mooloolaba on March 27, fin-
ishing in 2hr 40min, and after the event
I switched to concentrate more on my
To be eligible for the event, Cpl
Goakes had a target to reach before he
put on the lycra and starts pushing ped-
als in mid-August.
"Before riding in the event I needed
to raise $2500 and at the moment I've
raised more than $2600," Cpl Goakes
"During the ride I aim to raise more
than $5000 for the QIMR charity."
To help Cpl Goakes reach his charity ride entry
and fundraising targets, donations can be
made by clicking on the "dontate" tab at
Going the distance: MP Cpl Chris Goakes shows his
muscle ahead of a 200km charity bike ride he is doing for his
son Lochie (inset) and father-in-law Andy, who died of lung
cancer in 2008.
MP rides for family
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