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Glens de­fender ‘s char­ity boost in Iron­man triathlon

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

A Ruther­glen Glen­cairn foot­baller has raised thou­sands of pounds for char­ity af­ter swim­ming, cy­cling and run­ning more than 124 miles in just one day.

Ryan Docherty com­pleted the gru­elling Iron­man triathlon in Mal­lorca in an im­pres­sive 14 hours, 32 min­utes and 43 sec­onds.

The 30- year- old de­fender from Glas­gow trained for a solid six months for the event on Septem­ber 24 which is widely con­sid­ered one of the most dif­fi­cult one-day sport­ing events in the world.

Ryan reck­ons he has only had four days off with­out phys­i­cal ex­er­cise since he started prepa­ra­tion for the triathlon which he took part in to mark the pass­ing of his dad, who died from a heart at­tack 10 years ago.

The cen­tre-back raised more than £3,000 for the Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion and is still col­lect­ing do­na­tions.

Ryan’s typ­i­cal day would in­volve train­ing each morn­ing be­fore at­tend­ing his full- time job at the Glas­gow Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and headed to train­ing with The Glens.

“It was ab­so­lutely tor­ture,” he told the Re­former. “It was re­ally tough but I’m glad I got through it in the end. It was worth it and it raised a lot of money.

“I wanted to do some­thing to mark the pass­ing of my dad and thought a marathon was a bit too easy. So I de­cided to do the Iron­man and booked Mal­lorca be­cause I thought it would be nice weather.

“I wasn’t able to swim so I had to learn and I hadn’t been on a bike for a while so I had to buy one. I’d go out for a swim, a run or a cy­cle ev­ery morn­ing be­fore I’d go to work and then I would have train­ing with Glen­cairn af­ter that so it was re­ally tough. It takes the av­er­age per­son two years to train for some­thing like that and I did it in six months so that’s why my train­ing was so full on.”

Ryan first swam 2.4 miles in one hour and 21 min­utes be­fore jump­ing on a pedal bike and cy­cling for 112 miles in hor­ren­dous weather con­di­tions up and around Span­ish moun­tains.

He lost an hour af­ter the chain came off his bike but con­tin­ued to carry on through tor­ren­tial rain and set a time of seven hours 34 min­utes.

Fi­nally, the for­mer Les­ma­hagow Ju­niors star fin­ished the chal­lenge by run­ning a full marathon of 26 miles in five hours 11 min­utes to fin­ish and

com­plete the re­mark­able feat.

“I was up at 4am and you start on a beach and go into the sea,”he said.“You’re in there with 2300 other peo­ple from about 78 na­tions and you get kicked and punched so it was hard to keep fo­cussed. You had to keep your mind tick­ing over. At one point I was hal­lu­ci­nat­ing.

“Af­ter I got off the bike I was ab­so­lutely knack­ered but I knew I had to keep go­ing.

“When I fin­ished it felt good. But I knew I had to jus­tify the do­na­tions peo­ple had given me.

“The first thing I did was go and get a beer and cel­e­brate. I was there with my fam­ily and I couldn’t have done it with­out them.

“Ev­ery­one at the club, my team­mates, the man­age­ment staff, com­mit­tee mem­bers and the fans have been sup­port­ive and I couldn’t have done it with­out them .”

Af­ter only af­ter a few days re­cov­ery, Ryan has vowed to make up for lost time and get back to en­joy­ing his so­cial life, but he is also con­sid­er­ing tak­ing part in an­other event.

Ryan had raised money by run­ning the Ed­in­burgh marathon, climbed a moun­tain bare footed and hosted a 5-a-side tour­na­ment.

You can spon­sor Ryan by vis­it­ing: www.justgiv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/ryan-docherty2.

Pic­ture: Fin­ish­erPix

On yer bike Ryan dur­ing the cy­cling stage of the event

Pic­ture; Fin­ish­erPix

Big fin­ish Ryan Docherty com­pletes the Iron­man triathlon

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