Category Archives: Health, Fitness & Spirit

Liner does Ironman Melbourne 2014

Lucky number 983

Lucky number 983

Caroline (daughter #4) competed in Ironman Melbourne on March 24th.

An Ironman is not for the faint-hearted, comprising of a 3.8km swim; followed by a 180km bike ride; only to then finish by running a 42.2km marathon!  She did very well by completing it in 10 hours 15 minutes and came 7th in her age group. Continue reading

Caroline joins the Elite

Carloline Ashby, no-20Caroline Ashby has recently joined the ranks of a very elite group in the triathlon world; those who venture out of the Age Groupers and into the Open Division! A mother of two, living and training in rural WA, Caroline is an inspirational example of how if you want it badly enough and are willing to work for it, you can make it happen. The fact that she’s loaded with the McClure natural athletic talent doesn’t hurt either! Continue reading

Soul Sister Seminar

amazingOver forty women, each incredible, amazing and inspirational in their own right, showed up to honour their soul purpose and hear Grace McClure’s soul-ful story last week, 16th November, 2012, at the Abbotsford Convent Melbourne. The feeling was warm, gracious and authentic and the feedback afterwards was excellent, many saying they loved it, were inspired and that it was incredibly worthwhile to stop and meditate on what is truly important in your life. Continue reading

Tilpa goes in to bat for Pink Stumps Day

pinkstumps-cricket4In the tiny township of Tilpa, 130km north of Wilcannia, in far west NSW, the close-knit town showed its true colours on Sunday 23rd September.

Pink Stumps Day, a nationwide initiative of Cricket Australia and the McGrath Foundation, hit the iconic Darling River village; this fun-filled charity event helping raise valuable funds for the McGrath Foundation to place McGrath Breast Care Nurses in communities right across Australia and to increase breast awareness in young women. Continue reading

Melbourne Ironman 2012

The Race at the Heart of a Nation

3sistersThere was an immediate buzz in the air when athletes Australia-wide heard the announcement of a new, world class, Ironman Triathlon event to be held in Melbourne – a city that is often called the sporting capital of the world.

An Ironman triathlon is considered one of the toughest endurance events that a human being can complete, consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and finishing with a grueling 42km full marathon. Competitors have exactly seventeen hours to finish, to become an official Ironman, you must finish before the cut-off time, the event mantra, is “anything is possible.” Continue reading

Mums on the Run lead by Miles!

logoFrom the Outback to the ‘G’

This year, I was asked to join daughters Gracie, Fiona and a friend, Susie Lyall, to compete as a team in The Coffee Club 10km run, an event run in conjunction with the Melbourne Marathon. When on the station outback, I loved watching AFL and often dreamed of somehow getting onto the ‘G’ — a feat difficult, if not impossible, for a girl who doesn’t play test cricket or AFL footy! Naturally, I grabbed at the chance, and Team Mums-on-the-Run was born! Continue reading

Busselton Half Ironman – May 2011

Mothers-Day-Treat-2011Mothers Day Treat, 7 May 2011

Mothers Day 2011 was extra special for this mother. Janie travelled to beautiful Busselton in WA to cheer on daughters, Alice, Caroline and Grace, in the Busselton Half Ironman 70.3 Series.

All three girls gave outstanding performances; good enough to gain each of them a coveted spot in the Triathlon World Championships in Las Vegas in September 2011! Alice had a podium finish with a fabulous second place in her age group, while Caroline’s blitzing run saw her finishing with the best time of the three girls. Was this because she had the Team Ashby support crew of Nick, Charli and Lilli Ashby, cheering her on? Gracie enjoyed the event even though her training in the leadup was marred by injury, however, with a great support network behind her, they got her going again just in time to be able to run the 21km at Busselton. Continue reading

Alice goes Wild off-shore!

UBSwildthingAlice, the twice Ironman Hawaii World Championships daughter, recently completed her first off-shore sailing experience. On 25th Jul 2009, Alice was part of a 12 man crew, under the guidance of Skipper/Owner Geoff Lavis, that sailed the 50 footer, UBS Wild Thing, in the annual Sydney to Gold Coast Yacht Race. Fondly nicknamed “The Flying Toothpick”, Wild Thing streaked home in time of 2days, 9hours, 39mins, 40secs to take out the Noakes Line Honours trophy for 50ft & under. Continue reading