Runner Profile: Ryan Maxwell

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As we are celebrating the launch of our new website we have decided to give our first ever monthly runner profile to the “boss” here at Northern Ireland Running (NiRunning), Ryan Maxwell.

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.