Kym O'Leary (right) with her mother Annie Bradford and kids Layla and Oscar O'Leary.
Kym O'Leary (right) with her mother Annie Bradford and kids Layla and Oscar O'Leary. Jayden Brown

Tough times made mother and daughter even closer

BEING a mum can be a long hard road.

Being a mum and losing your husband and trying to support your daughter through the heartache is even harder.

As an only child, Kym O'Leary has a very close relationship with her mother Annie Bradford.

Through the good times and the bad, mother and daughter have supported each other.

When they tragically lost their husband and father seven years ago, Annie and Kym were each other's rocks.

Kym said her mum was like her best friend and was always there for her.

"We've been through some tough times together," she said.

"She put aside her own heartache to help me.

"She's always there when I need her."

The tough times have brought many lessons for Kym and Annie, lessons that have only made their bond stronger.

Proud mum Annie said Kym had helped her through losing her beloved husband.

"Because of everything that's happened Kym has learned a bit quicker, she's had to mature earlier," she said.

"We've learnt not to take things for granted and to put yourself out there out of your comfort zone.

"Kym's certainly done that."

Now a mum to three children of her own, Kym said she's learnt a lot from her Mum.

"I've learnt family is very important.

"My best memories are of things I've done with Mum and Dad.

"Mum was always there for me as a kid and I'm trying to be there for my kids in the same way."

Mother and daughter have their focus on a new challenge, and their racing towards it head on.

The pair will tackle the Warwick Pentath-run later this month, training together to prepare for the big event.

Among their training sessions was a run at Connolly Dam, a place filled with the memory of their husband and father.

Annie did the half-marathon event last year, while Kym did it the year before.

The pair will spend Mother's Day together, training.

"We're doing a practice run of the 10km run in Killarney," Kym said.

"Shaun (my husband) and the kids will meet us in Killarney for morning tea."

The Pentath-run is all about living life to the fullest.

"We thought we'd give it a go," Kym said.

"Sometimes you just have to live in the moment."

At the end of the day though, family is what matters and being so close has been a joy for Annie.

"Nice to be involved in the little things in their lives," she said.

"It's been great watching my little family grow."