As you may be aware, during 2017 the Glass and Stainless team made the decision to sponsor local long-distance triathlete Jack Schofield as he aimed to ascend through the worldwide rankings. Over the past few months we have kept you updated on his progress, with everything building up to the 2017 Kona Ironman World Championships, at which Jack had secured a starting place.
Unfortunately, the race did not go according to plan, largely due to a knee injury which has plagued Jack for much of the season. However, this should not overshadow just how enormous an achievement it was for Jack to qualify in the first place, or the numerous other accomplishments he has achieved in the past three years. These include two Ironman podiums, World Championship silver and bronze medals, and endless personal best records.
Glass and Stainless Sponsor Jack Schofield Takes On The Dublin Marathon
Upon his return from Kona, Jack has made the admirable decision not to wallow in disappointment but instead focus his sights on 2018. While he is yet to reveal his latest goals, he has thrown himself wholeheartedly back into training (injury permitting). Jack’s perseverance is clearly evident in his decision to run the Dublin marathon just two weeks after returning from Kona.
Jack entered this race with no set targets or expectations, aside from reaching the finishing line with no further injuries. He even bypassed his normal pre-race routine in favour of ice-cream and a few beers in Chester! Whilst such antics may spell the end for the rest of us, Jack’s months of preparation and training ensured that he was still able to produce a respectable performance on the day.
It was clear right from the start that Jack’s aim in this race was simply to have fun and enjoy the experience. Chatting and conversing with his co-runner for much of the 26 mile course, he even has the energy to work the crowd for a few high fives! Clocking in at 3 hours 14 minutes, Jack placed 12th for his age range and gender.
Since the Dublin marathon, Jack has get stuck back into his swimming training with the Satellites Club and his track running sessions with a City of Stoke AC coach. Everyone at Glass and Stainless would like to wish Jack the best of luck during his winter training for the upcoming 2018 triathlon season.