The inspiring story of ‘Marathon Man’, Jack Holst.

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Jack suffered from Ulcerative Colitis since the age of 19 and after 2 years of living with the condition he contracted a bacterial infection while on holiday. Jack spent 5 weeks in hospital after undergoing 2 operations which left him with an ileostomy. Jack was very weak afterwards but quickly became better.

So quickly in fact that within 10 months of having his stoma formed, Jack completed a half IRONMAN… This was not enough for Jack, he wanted to complete the full IRONMAN and started training for the KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen.

When Jack was interviewed after his completion of the Frankfurt Marathon and already signed up to IRONMAN Copenhagen he said “With only 50% completing this IRONMAN I know it is going to be tough, but of course I will manage it.” It must be this positive attitude that carries Jack through the intensity of these races. Not only did Jack manage to complete the IRONMAN Copenhagen, he did it in an amazing 12hours 29minutes 50seconds.

And in the words of the ‘Marathon Man’ himself, Jack describes how the IRONMAN went…

“From weighing just 51 kilos … to becoming a real IRONMAN still with my faithful stoma.
On August 20th I crossed the finish line of this year’s Ironman Copenhagen.
I had the coolest day ever, and was not at any time about to give up! My close friends and family were there and helped me through this experience! It’s really indescribable to run around a corner and see my family and friends stand and cheer me on! ❤️😃 I love it!
Here is my break down of the ironman disciplines…
Swimming: 1 hour and 25 minutes and still feeling strong
Cycling: 6 hours and 19 minutes with high spirit, however, the last 50km was very long and with a rain cloud that caused me to be frozen stiff for 4 hours 😅
Running: 4 hours and 26 minutes. I was happy and fresh for 27 kilometers, but the rest was running on mood, will and strength alone.
Today my body is smashed, but in a good way.
Thank you to you who have supported me out there and thank you to my family and in-laws, which I cannot describe in words again, you are so cool and a big thank you to my girlfriend that has been there 100% for me and has helped make this day always remembered! I love you all
This was definitely not the last ironman 😃”.

Whilst enduring the gruelling 140 miles from start to finish Jack needed ostomy care products to remain secure, conformable and comfortable under extreme conditions, choosing UltraFrame® as his flange extender. Jack said “UltraFrame® lasted very well in the water and on the land. It was a little worn out after 12 hours use, but it worked perfectly.”

So, what’s next for Jack? perhaps a nice long rest? Whatever he decides, we look forward to following his journey to his next adventure. Well done Jack from all at Welland Medical, keep on inspiring…

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