The Boston Marathon marked Tim Don’s first race appearance since a collision with a truck just days before the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, in October 2017. That crash not only ended his world title hopes, but almost his career.
Despite driving rain and freezing conditions in Boston, Tim finished the iconic race in 2 hours 49 minutes and 42 seconds. The result almost exactly matches Tim’s stated target time before the race and is just five minutes over his time for the marathon leg when he smashed the Ironman triathlon world record in Florianopolis, Brazil, in May 2017.
From halo to comeback hero
Given Tim spent three of the last six months in a medical halo and has only been able to run properly since the start of the year, that he even made it to start line in Boston is remarkable. His result marks a huge achievement as his return to fitness gains momentum.
“I’m super happy with the race, the weather was against us today, so just to finish with no torn muscles and no sore neck or shoulders makes me very happy.” said Tim, speaking after the marathon.
“It’s awesome to be back in the race environment, pinning the number on, being in the start corral with everyone – that’s what I’ve worked so hard for over the last six months.
“At the beginning I felt I was slowing after the fast start, but towards the end I knew I was on course for a 2:50 to 2:48, so the challenge was not to get too excited but also not to slow down, and the crowd was fantastic.
“Now I’ll have a cup of tea and some protein and later a good dinner with everyone and maybe a nice glass of red wine. And then I start planning my attack on Kona with the team!”
The story of Tim’s incredible fight to get back to the top is told in the short documentary The Man with the Halo, produced by On and Emmy-award-winning director Andrew Hinton. The full film launches on May 28, 2018. In the meantime, check out the trailer.