Twenty-two year old Emmett Masterson from Dromard has been chosen to be the Longford representative in the Spar Spartan Challenge. Out of a possible five applications, Emmett along with one other entrant was invited to Dublin for an interview and that screening process saw Emmett emerge as the winning candidate. As part of his new title as the Longford Spartan, Emmett, son of Michael and Bernadette, must adhere to a nutritional and fitness programme as composed by specialists in each of these departments and he was also provided with Aasics running gear by Spar.
His strict diet of fish oils and meals rich in carbohydrate was designed by nutrition expert Paula Mee and his training regime was constructed by Karl Henry from RTÉ’s Operation Transformation. Emmet revealed that thus far his training has corresponded to the instructions in the programme, and is enjoying every minute of it. “It’s great to just put on the gear and head off for a run. I’m running up to five times a week and doing mostly interval running with an 8 or 9 mile run at the weekend. I have already run a five mile run in Phoenix Park which was run by Spar and I’ll be running two more Spar organized races between now and the Dublin marathon”.
Emmett is also a member on the Dromard football team and these conflicting sports have sometimes caused undue injury for Emmett. “Sometimes if I get an injury while playing football it can mean that I can’t run as hard the next day so I just have to be careful”.
The distinguishing factor of this challenge is that victory is not determined by performance alone. It is based on a combination of measures. “To level the playing field, the winner is selected on the number of votes they receive on facebook, the determination they show and their overall progress. I’m really grateful for this competition because it came at a time when I was unemployed and I’m really enjoying it. My last race was the Breffni Challenge at the end of July”.
Should Emmett defeat the remaining competition after the Dublin City Marathon stage, he would be gifted a trip to New York in time to observe the New York marathon on November 6th and provided that he remain firm in committing to his programmes, he will have every chance at doing so.
Suzanne Weldon, SPAR Marketing & Communications Director was delighted to announce Emmet’s success in getting this far in the competition and commented on the vital provisions of this competition. The Spar Spartan challenge really is the ultimate for fans of leisure running. Completing a marathon is a massive goal and ambition for many people and through the Spartan challenge we aim to make that goal a reality for people from all around the country.