Chasing Guinness record books
EVERY Christmas Ryan Hansen used to receive the Guinness Book of World Record. Marvelling at the feats, he thought it would be cool to one day make the list.
The 32-year-old paramedic from Beerwah Ambulance Station is hoping to achieve that feat after Sunday’s 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon. Hansen is looking to become the fastest male marathoner while dressed as a paramedic.
The current record is held by German Karsten Koehler who stopped the clock in 3hrs 58mins and 17 sec.
“I have to run in complete paramedic uniform including shirt, trousers, boots and a high-visibility jacket,” he said.
“The boots are heavy and the uniform is hot.”
Hansen is originally from Newcastle, but transferred to Beerwah from the Gold Coast one year ago, and while he ran cross-country in school he lost interest.
Returning to running over the past two years, he has completed a half marathon about four months ago but this will be his first time at the full 42.2km journey.
Finishing his first half in 1hr 55min, his speed has rapidly increased during recent months.
“I have had my eye on this record for two years since I commenced running again and became employed with the Queensland Ambulance Service,” Hansen said.
“I got back into running as I wanted to stay fit for the role and unfortunately the roster didn’t allow for participation in a regular weekend sport so I was able to work running around my job.
“I am doing short, fast runs and hills combined with a weekly long run. In order to practice running in the uniform I have jumped on the treadmill at home as the sight of a paramedic running through the streets may seem a little odd to some. I am enjoying training but after a long 12-hour day at work it can be a little difficult to jump straight onto a treadmill for a run, still in my uniform.
“As far as marathons go I hope this will be just the beginning, but perhaps the uniform will stay in the wardrobe.”
Hansen said one of his greatest concerns was staying hydrated, and he has a nutrition plan in place to combat salt and energy losses.
As part of the attempt he is raising money for QAS Legacy, a charity that assists Ambulance officers and their families should they become injured or killed on the job. He has already raised $2200. You can donate by visiting www.qaslegacy.org/ryan-hansensc-marathon
Up to 7000 runners are expected to take part in this year’s event, 60 per cent of which will be female. Overseas participants come from London, the United States, Japan, France, New Zealand and China to compete.
CHALLENGING TASK: Ryan Hansen from Beerwah Ambulance Station aims to run the fastest marathon while dressed as a paramedic.