ING Ottawa Marathon- a Win with food poisoning and wheel problems
A tough marathon to say the least… I had been battling food poisoning since Wednedsay, and so I was quite dehydrated going in, and it definitely took its toll during. Michele and Jean-Paul were both pushing well, and I had been having wheel problems not long after the start, with the tire rubbing the fender. I had tried to tighten it a few times while in the pack, but it got worse after I broke away. At 27k I had to stop, get out of the chair, take the wheel off and put it back on, during which they passed and I blew my 45 second lead and they got ahead about another minute on top of that. Worked pretty hard to catch up, lost my cateye somewhere along the way, and then had a tough push until the finish. Have to be happy about it considering all I was going through.
Thanks to John W. MacDonald for two of the great photos posted below.
PRESS RELEASE- Josh Cassidy, won the ING Ottawa marathon wheelchair race on Sunday 29th May in a blistering 1:35.02 beating the competition, illness and his broken race wheelchair.
Cassidy is Canada’s number one in his class and world ranked in the top 5 for the past three years. The ING Ottawa race is his first big road race since winning the 2010 Virgin London Marathon title April 25th.
Cassidy who had been battling food poisoning since Wednesday gone, broke away early with fellow Canadians Michele Filteau and Jean-Paul Compoare sticking to him for the first 17km. Despite a problem with a fender rubbing one of his wheels, Cassidy poured on the power and broke away on the course’s steep, winding and rough roads.
However, about 27km in and Cassidy’s ‘fender bender’ got worse threatening to bring him to a standstill. Said Cassidy, “The wheel rubbing got worse, I had to jump out of my chair, take off my wheel and fix it! I blew my 45 second lead and I lost a further minute on top of that.”
It was then muscle on metal all the way as Cassidy tried to reel in the field, which remarkably he did at about 34km. He then broke away from Filteau to retake the lead and storm on to victory.
Keep your eyes on this Guelph based Paralympian. He is definitely one to watch out for in the 2012 Paralympic Games and the World’s elite road races. Not only is Cassidy physically on top form but he is a quick thinker and as this race proves, ‘you just can’t keep a good man down!’.