Marathon no Has­sell for Colin

Avon Valley Gazette - - SPORT -

BAK­ERS Hill sep­tu­a­ge­nar­ian Colin Has­sell ( 70) will be run­ning for a rea­son this April when he hits the streets for the Lon­don Marathon on April 22.

Mr Has­sell will be rais­ing funds for Dis­abil­ity Chal­lengers, an or­gan­i­sa­tion for in­tel­lec­tu­ally and phys­i­cally chal­lenged chil­dren which he co­founded in 1979.

No stranger to push­ing him­self to the limit, Mr Has­sell has climbed the Mat­ter­horn, Bre­i­thorn and Al­phubel moun­tains in Switzer­land, swum across Aus­tralia in a pool on the back of a truck and com­peted in 52 marathons, in­clud­ing the Paris and New York marathons.

“I am cur­rently train­ing for the marathon with my goal to com­plete the 2018 Lon­don Marathon with the least amount of pain as pos­si­ble,” he said.

“The marathon is a rel­a­tively flat course and I am cur­rently run­ning more than 20km each run on bush tracks.

“The heat can be a chal­lenge train­ing this time of year and it’s been 14 years since I ran a full marathon.”

Mr Has­sell said given his age he was un­der no il­lu­sion the Lon­don Marathon would be a ma­jor chal­lenge de­spite his ex­pe­ri­ence.

“In the 1982 New York Marathon I was a guide for the youngest blind ath­lete Justin Isom, who turned 18 a few days be­fore this event. We com­pleted the 42km in 4hrs 11mins,” he said.

“I’ve al­ready worn out three pairs of train­ing shoes so far.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d478957

Colin Has­sell in train­ing for the Lon­don Marathon in April.

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