McShane prepares for hardest course

Strabane distance runner Dessie McShane

STRABANE distance runner Dessie McShane is preparing for one of the biggest challenges of his life – two marathons in six days.

On April 16 the 46-year-old will be Stateside for the Boston Marathon before flying back for the London Marathon on April 22.
It will be the ninth time Dessie has taken on Boston and amazingly, his 24th crack at London.

As usual the Strabane man will be running in aid of Foyle Hospice, a charity he has raised tens of thousands of pounds for down through the years.
During his 29 year career, Dessie has run over 80 marathons, his fastest time being two hours and 40 minutes.

Speaking ahead of his double challenge, he said, β€œI last ran Boston in 1998 and can honestly say it is one of the hardest courses I have faced.
β€œIt starts at Hopkinton and finishes at downtown Boston but in there between 17 and 21 miles you have Heartbreak Hill. Twenty five thousand runners take part and it really is a great experience.”


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