PEDDLE TO THE METAL
Glens defender ‘s charity boost in Ironman triathlon
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.
On yer bike Ryan during the cycling stage of the event
Big finish Ryan Docherty completes the Ironman triathlon