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.qasle­

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.

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