Ryan is 32 years old and has been running for 7-8 years. He prefers road running and especially longer distance races, with the marathon distance being his favourite! He is a Sheffield Wednesday fan and has ambitions to complete an ‘Ironman’ at some point in the future.
Full Name: Ryan Maxwell
Current Category: Male Open
Associated Club: Larne Athletic Club
Personal Bests: 1 mile – 4:35, 5k – 16:22, 5 miles – 27:12, 10k – 34:24, 10 miles – 56:14, Half Marathon – 1:16:23, Marathon 2:40:50
Favorite Northern Ireland event? There are so many great events within Northern Ireland, it’s very VERY hard to select just one…. I am going to push my luck and choose one road event and one off-road event if thats ok! Road = Larne Half Marathon, not just because its my local event but how many races do you get to run along one of the worlds most notorious coastlines! Off-Road = 26extreme Causeway Coast events, again this is an event that showcases our countrys finest features. This event really is a must do!! :o)
Why do you run? I started running to improve my fitness, I played Saturday morning football and wanted to be better! After a while I really started to enjoy my running. Before long I made the decision to give up football and consentrate on running, I have never looked back! I’ll never be the best runner in the world but I am now doing something I really love, I have met so many interesting and nice people through the sport… I enjoy going to races and running as hard as I can, then having a laugh and post race disection with friends!
What is your next race and what do you want from it? Unfortunately I am injured at the moment, I hurt my back at the start of May and I am still recovering from it. I’d like to aim to return to running towards the end of 2012!
What is your running “goal”? Being a longer distance runner, I would absolutely love to run a marathon as close to 2:30 as possible! I would also like to complete my UKA Level 2 Coaching qualification so that I can take a step into Coaching, thats something I really think I would enjoy doing.
What other sports do you like? I am a huge football fan! I support Sheffield Wednesday. I also like tennis and have recently started taking swimming (improver) lessons. Someday I would like to do an Ironman event! I have also jumped onto the cycling bandwagon, after watching Wiggins in the Tour de France and London 2012.