Bat­tle to beat the Bos­ton Marathon

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Triathlon Club Chair­man Ian Hasel­dine re­cently com­pleted the gru­elling Bos­ton City Marathon for the first time in his ca­reer.

The sport­ing en­thu­si­ast, who is a na­tional school prin­ci­pal in West Cork, over­came treach­er­ous weather con­di­tions to fin­ish the world renowned marathon.

Ian was thrilled to com­plete the fa­mous marathon.

“It was a great feel­ing and sense of ac­com­plish­ment to fin­ish the Bos­ton Marathon.

“It was a very proud mo­ment when I crossed the line,” de­clared the en­durance run­ner.

The Bos­ton Marathon which is a long es­tab­lished an­nual marathon which at­tracts a global TV au­di­ence and 30,000 par­tic­i­pants was held this year in haz­ardous con­di­tions which en­sured the marathon was a gru­elling ordeal re­vealed Ian. “Con­di­tions were very tough. “It was snow­ing on the morn­ing of the marathon which was not fore­cast.

“This meant I did not pack enough run­ning clothes.

“I had to wear ev­ery­thing I had, but it quickly got wa­ter­logged and very heavy so had to be dis­carded.

“At the start it was 4 de­grees with sleet and 25 to 30 mph head­wind.

“For­tu­nately the sleet turned to rain, un­for­tu­nately it fell at two inches per hour.

“The med­i­cal tents started fill­ing up half-way through the marathon with run­ners suf­fer­ing hy­pother­mia. “It was a very tough marathon. “At Heart­break Hill, the cold hit me like a ton of bricks and I could no longer run at pace.

“I hob­bled the last six miles to the fin­ish line.”

Ian, who is a no­to­ri­ously com­pet­i­tive ath­lete has ex­celled in a va­ri­ety of sport­ing dis­ci­plines through­out the years.

He was a well-es­tab­lished soc­cer player and alpine skier dur­ing his col­lege years.

He com­pleted in the in­au­gu­ral Fast­net Triathlon in 2004 and has com­peted in many triathlons and duathlons which in­clude Iron­man events.

Ian has also com­peted at the Euro­pean AG Cham­pi­onships.

Ian who grew up in Ver­mont, USA, al­ways dreamt about com­pet­ing in the Bos­ton Marathon.

Se­cu­rity has no­tice­ably in­creased in Bos­ton since the tragic bomb­ings which sadly erupted on Pa­tri­ots Day, April 2013.

“This was my first Bos­ton Marathon. I have been try­ing to qual­ify for Bos­ton for the past few years, so I was very happy when I was ac­cepted.

“Since 2013, the se­cu­rity is very tight. The Army Na­tional Guard were not only along the route, but on the rooftops through­out the race.

“It was very com­fort­ing to look up and see some­one look­ing out for our safety, es­pe­cially as I served for 10 years in the Ver­mont Army Na­tional Guard. I know how ded­i­cated these peo­ple are and felt very safe.

“Fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of the race, I met up with friends from school, some of whom I hadn’t seen in nearly 30 years.”

Ian only re­ceived three months no­tice with re­gard his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Bos­ton Marathon.

This hin­dered his prepa­ra­tion and train­ing sched­ule he ad­mits.

“I cer­tainly did not train enough for this event, but I am not known for my train­ing.

“Our club trains most nights run­ning be­tween 5 and 10km ev­ery Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day. Ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day, I went swim­ming which ranged from 500 to 1,500 me­tres. I usu­ally go cycling on Satur­days dur­ing which I cy­cle be­tween 50 to 95 km. I run ev­ery Sun­day, usu­ally be­tween 10 and 20km.

“In the run-up to the Bos­ton Marathon, I had to fo­cus on run­ning and gym work. I was do­ing ap­prox­iSCHULL mately 80km ev­ery week.”

Ian plans to take a short break for the fore­see­able fu­ture be­fore he at­tempts his next big chal­lenge.

The West Cork en­durance ath­lete is al­ways seek­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties and sport­ing chal­lenges.

“I will take a break for a few days then ease back in to the Tri Club train­ing sched­ule. I have no plans yet for the next event. I have done many marathons, triathlons and cycling races over the years, in­clud­ing rac­ing for Ire­land in ETU age group cat­e­gories and Iron­man races both in­ter­na­tion­ally and lo­cally.

“I also of­fi­ci­ate at in­ter­na­tional level. I am al­ways look­ing for the next chal­lenge.”

The en­durance ath­lete has firmly es­tab­lished him­self in Cork since he moved here from the United States.

He has firmly en­shrined him­self in his lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Ian is chair­man of the pro­gres­sive Schull Triathlon Club, a role he loves.

“I have been Chair­per­son of Schull Triathlon Club for the past four years. This is a great club with mixed lev­els and a great so­cial side, with train­ing from begin­ners to sea­soned vet­er­ans.

“I have been race di­rec­tor of the Cen­tra Fast­net Triathlon for the past four years. We have been Na­tional Se­ries for three out of the four years, which is a great honour.

“I played soc­cer and skied at col­lege level, but I am no longer able to par­tic­i­pate in con­tact sports. I started do­ing triathlons and never looked back.”

The num­bers of Ir­ish peo­ple par­tic­i­pat­ing in en­durance events have in­creased dra­mat­i­cally in re­cent years.

Ian is de­lighted peo­ple are choos­ing to cher­ish their health and life­style by con­sid­er­ably boost­ing their fit­ness lev­els.

“I think the in­crease in peo­ple do­ing marathons and triathlons can be con­trib­uted to a life­style change in Ire­land. Peo­ple seem to be more in­ter­ested in train­ing and less in­ter­ested in un­healthy life­styles.

“If we in­crease fund­ing for sport, we won’t need as many con­sul­tants, we won’t need as many doc­tors and we won’t need as many hos­pi­tals.

“It’s a win, win sit­u­a­tion.”

Schull Triathlon Club Chair­man Ian Hasel­dine who re­cently com­pleted the Bos­ton Marathon for the first time. Ian over­came snow and sleet to com­plete the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned marathon.

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