Strabane’s McShane bound for Boston

Dessie McShane

Dessie McShane

VETERAN marathon runner Dessie McShane will be hitting the roads around Boston shortly, once again in aid of Foyle Hospice.

Over a career spanning 88 marathons, Dessie has raised tens of thousands for the Hospice.


On April 20 he will once again step up to the starting line in Boston, his 11th time to take on that particular challenge.

While now 49-years-old, age does not seem to be a factor for the energetic Strabane District Council worker. Last year he completed Boston in an impressive time of 3hrs 3mins and 34secs, an exact replica of the time he posted 22 years earlier back in 1992.

Looking forward to his latest American adventure, Dessie said this week, “Boston is the best of the all the marathons. It is the oldest in the world so it comes with a fair bit of prestige.

Even getting an entry is difficult and for someone of my age the qualifying time is 3hrs 15mins. So that is a challenge in itself but I ran 3hrs 3mins last year when I should have been inside the three hour mark. So I’ll be aiming for that this time around.”

Following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing which claimed the lives of three people, the entry for the event has been increased to 40,000 runners, making it one of the world’s premier sporting events.

In preparation Dessie has been putting in 90 miles per week on Strabane’s roads.

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