Bakers Hill septuagenarian in training for London Marathon


Athlete Colin Hassell of Bakers Hill, in training for the London 42km Marathon on April 22. Picture: David Baylis
Athlete Colin Hassell of Bakers Hill, in training for the London 42km Marathon on April 22. Picture: David Baylis

BAKERS Hill septuagenarian Colin Hassell (70) will be running for a reason this April when he hits the streets for the London Marathon.

Mr Hassell will be raising funds for Disability Challengers, an organisation for intellectually and physically challenged children which he co-founded in 1979.

No stranger to pushing himself to the limit, Mr Hassell has climbed the Matterhorn, Breithorn and Alphubel mountains in Switzerland, swum across Australia in a pool on the back of a truck and competed in 52 marathons including the Paris and New York marathons.

“I am currently training for the marathon with my goal to complete the 2018 London Marathon with the least amount of pain as possible,” he said.

“The marathon is a relatively flat course and I am currently running more than 20km each run on bush tracks.

“The heat can be a challenge training this time of year and it’s been 14 years since I ran a full marathon.”

Mr Hassell said given his age he was under no illusion the London Marathon would be a major challenge despite his experience.

“In the 1982 New York Marathon I was a guide for the youngest blind athlete Justin Isom, who turned 18 a few days before this event. We completed the 42kms in 4hrs 11mins,” he said.

“In the 1984 London Marathon I ran wearing a Guildford County Sound Radio Mascot, a big heavy mouse suite, which took me five hours.

“I’ve already worn out three pairs of training shoes so far.”

The London Marathon is on April 22.

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