Sailor eyes marathon voyage

Published on Mr Michael Brooke (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): New York City, USA

Topic(s): Running

Leading Seaman Josh O'Hanlon from NUSHIP Canberra stands high on the flight deck of Ocean Shield overlooking Sydney. After three months of hard training, Josh is preparing to fly to the United States to compete in the New York City Marathon. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
Leading Seaman Josh O'Hanlon from NUSHIP Canberra stands high on the flight deck of Ocean Shield overlooking Sydney. After three months of hard training, Josh is preparing to fly to the United States to compete in the New York City Marathon.

Navy will cheer rowdily from afar for NUSHIP Canberra’s LSBM Josh O’Hanlon when he tackles his first 42km marathon race at the New York Marathon on 3 November.

LS O’Hanlon will tackle the race to tick off a bucket-list activity while raising money for the Heart Foundation of Australia.

The Gold Coast native is one of only 25 runners chosen to represent Australia’s heart charity in the world renowned event.

“I am extremely honoured to have been selected to represent the Heart Foundation and I am hoping to inspire my friends and work mates to get out there and be active to help prevent heart disease,” he said.

LS O’Hanlon, 33, said he expected to complete his first marathon in 3.5 hours.

“I’ll be happy with any time under four hours,” he said.

“I know the excitement of the crowd will spur me on to a good time on the day.”

So far LS O’Hanlon has been on a roll, participating in a number of running events this year including the Blue Mountains-based North Face 100, Men’s Health Urbanathlon, the City2Surf and the Blackmores Half Marathon.

He aims to raise $7500 for the Heart Foundation, and is happy the funds will help to fight cardiovascular disease, which claims one Australian life every 11 minutes.

Kerry Doyle, Heart Foundation Chief Executive - NSW, said by taking part in the New York Marathon, LS O’Hanlon was  raising vital funds to help the Heart Foundation continue its lifesaving work.

“LS O’Hanlon is also spreading the important message about the benefits of being physically active to all Australians,” she said.

LS O’Hanlon said his one regret was that his wife was deployed and wouldn’t see his efforts.

PO Rebecca O’Hanlon, of HMAS Choules, was hoping to attend the marathon in support of her husband, but a busy ship schedule means she will be supporting from afar while Choules is deployed on Op Resolute.

Even though his wife is unable to attend there is no shortage of encouragement from family and naval friends who are very proud of what he is setting out to achieve.

To donate visit http://2013newyorkmarathon.gofundraise.com.au/page/JOhanlon