Country Enthusiast Dwaine Vance has his sights on the Finish Line

Dr. Dwaine Vance is swapping his cowboy boots for a pair of ASICS trainers to complete his first marathon as one of the Official Ambassadors for the 34th Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon.

Dr. Dwaine Vance is a Research and Development Scientist who works for Randox Health, Official Health Care Partner of the event and lives in the small countryside of Glenavy, Co. Antrim (originally from Lack, Co. Fermanagh) with a keen interest in Country music.

“During the summer of 2014 I started taking my running more seriously and participated in local 5K Parkruns in Cookstown, Enniskillen and Antrim. Having learnt I was an ambassador in October 2014 for the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon, I joined PACE running club to further assist me with my training and meet people in the same situation“Dwaine highlighted.

Like all marathon runners, Dwaine has suffered a few injuries including a repetitive strain injury of the left knee as well as picking up a bad bug pre-Christmas, so encourages all runners not to give up or quit – just rest. Back to full health now and hoping to increase his mileage weekly to get to that all important 20 mile mark before tapering back down for Race Day.

“Even though I am back to my full health, I would recommend a Quantum Health Check with Randox Health as it can identify some underlining issues about yourself you may not know. Recently I benefited from a comprehensive and in-depth physical and biological assessment through Randox Health recently. This test included 100 advanced blood tests evaluating 18 different aspects of my health including diabetes risk, heart health and infection and inflammation. My results showed that my pulse rate was borderline low at 59 (should be 60-100), however this could be a result of being physically active which can be quite common. I did discover that my vitamin D levels were sub-optimal so I have started taking a course of vitamin D supplement and am incorporating more oily fish into my diet” reveals Dwaine.

During Dwaine’s Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon adventure, he will be fundraising on behalf of the official charity, Marie Curie Cancer Care who are celebrating their 50th anniversary of the Belfast Hospice in 2015. Following a very successful bun sale at Randox Labs, Dwaine intends to record a country music charity single with Hot Country TV presenter Eilish O’Sullivan to raise extra money for the charity.

“I love country music and I love running, so I thought what better way to raise money for my charity by putting the two together. My dear friend Eilish O’Sullivan will join me in a duet on the specially-penned  country single and we hope to have this produced before Race Day…maybe it could be one of the songs on everyone’s playlist” Dwaine jokes.

Registration for the 2015 Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is now open at www.belfastcitymarathon.com. Final closing date for entries is Friday 10th April 2015*

*Surcharge rates will apply to all entries after Friday 27th March 2015

The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon is proud to work with sponsors such as Podium 4 Sport, Translink, Daily Mirror, ASICS, Randox Health, U105, Tayto, Athletics Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

Marie Curie is this year’s official charity and is Northern Ireland’s leading provider of palliative care services to people and families living with a terminal illness. 

The charity provides specialist nursing care free of charge in a person’s home, local communities and at its Belfast Hospice. By fundraising for Marie Curie you will be helping to ensure these vital services can continue.  Every little count…for example £20 will play for an hour of nursing time, while £180 will provide nursing cover in someone’s home overnight.

So please decide to raise money for this very worthwhile charity. For more information please contact Marie Curie on T: 0845 052 4184 or by email: daffodil.team@mariecurie.org.uk

Marie Curie