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Dreaming of the Desert

Dreaming of the Desert

12 October 2017 - The Marathon Des Sables has been called “The Toughest Foot Race on Earth,” which is not surprising, given that it’s a 250km, six-stage race through the Sahara Desert in Morocco, w...
Given a Second Chance

Given a Second Chance

12 October 2017 - Some people see running and being active as a chore, but Lisa Ogilvie is not one of them. She sees it as a way of showing gratitude for the second chance at life that she feels she has been given. ...
In at the Deep End

In at the Deep End

12 October 2017 - When 40-year-old Port Elizabeth triathlete Hanson Singaphi lines up for the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii on 14 October, it will be the culmination of an amazing 13-year journey in multisport that...
Roll If You Want To

Roll If You Want To

12 October 2017 - Over the past decade various novel training and therapeutic practices have made an appearance, and while some had a limited lifespan, self-myo(muscle)fascial(connective tissue) release has shown so...
Making Sense of the New Ride

Making Sense of the New Ride

12 October 2017 - Salomon have built up an enviable reputation in the trail running world for their robust and reliable off-road shoes, which provide great cushioning and even better support and grip out on the trai...
Bit Cold for Comrades Training

Bit Cold for Comrades Training

12 October 2017 - Modern Athlete receives many letters or pics from runners with a story with a bit of a difference, and we try to publish as many of them as we can, like this contribution from South African Expat D...
Hurdling to the Top

Hurdling to the Top

12 October 2017 - Eight years ago at the South African Youth and Junior Championships in Germiston, Antonio Alkana failed to progress to the semi-finals in his specialist 110m hurdles race. Naturally, he was bitterl...
Rubbed Up the Wrong Way

Rubbed Up the Wrong Way

27 September 2017 - Adapting to a new medical condition this year has not stopped me from pursuing my passion for running. – BY JACKIE HENRICK Running wasn’t always my passion, but eight years ago I p...
Feeling Inspired

Feeling Inspired

27 September 2017 - Fallon Finlayson is a 31-year-old graphic designer now based in Somerset West in the Cape, who lives by two motivational sayings: My only fear is not trying, and if your goals don’t scare you...
New Pacing for New PB’s

New Pacing for New PB’s

27 September 2017 - If you’re getting older and think your days of posting new PB’s are behind you, a simple change to your training pace can set you back on the road to new PB’s. – BY RAY ORCH...
Braver Than I Believed

Braver Than I Believed

27 September 2017 - We runners sometimes think that our running fitness will see us through any physical challenge, but sometimes we learn the hard way that skill and experience on top of fitness are an even better id...
It’s a Guy Thing

It’s a Guy Thing

27 September 2017 - From the first time I met Troy Murray and Werner Nel, they were inseparable. I remember when they arrived in front of me after doing their initial 1km time trial with Coach Jonathan, looking ready ...
Leave a Legacy

Leave a Legacy

27 September 2017 - Running develops character. The tough, painful parts of it make us stronger runners, and stronger people, in general. So I find it strange that athletics, and running in particular, are such sideli...
Sign Me Up (Again)

Sign Me Up (Again)

27 September 2017 - Having used the Modern Athlete DARE TO TRI Programme to go from being a tri novice at Bela Bela to a good Ironman finish in PE of 13:29:50, Jason Edgecomb says he is ready for more of the same! ...
Comrades 2018 Entry Cap increased to 21,500

Comrades 2018 Entry Cap increased to 21,500

21 September 2017 - With the original entry cap of 20-thousand for the 2018 Comrades Marathon having been reached last night, due to unprecedented demand, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Board has decided to i...
October Race Calendar

October Race Calendar

21 September 2017 - South African runners are blessed with a terrific race calendar packed with many great races to do, so check out these events for the coming month, including road and trail runs as well as other ru...
Danette’s Unique Treble

Danette’s Unique Treble

13 September 2017 - Winning a national title on the road is a fantastic achievement for an athlete. Winning a national title on trail is just as fantastic. Then you get the ultra-marathons, and earning a gold medal in...
Of Pics and Opinions

Of Pics and Opinions

13 September 2017 - Running has many characters and personalities who bring flavour to the sport, and in the Cape Town running scene, one who stands out from the crowd is Moegsien Ebrahim. He isn’t known for bei...
Stubbornly Steadfast

Stubbornly Steadfast

13 September 2017 - One of the most remarkable things about running is that it is a great leveller: You could just as easily find yourself running next to the CEO of an international company in your next race, or a ga...
Older & Slower

Older & Slower

13 September 2017 - Recently I spoke to a master’s runner who, over the last few years, had noticed a small but steady decline in his running pace, with his strides devolving into shuffles. Despite experiencing ...
Should You Detox After Winter?

Should You Detox After Winter?

13 September 2017 - With spring here, we may get the urge to not only spring-clean our houses, but also our bodies. However, much as I support people making a positive change for their health, I’m a bit of a sce...
Ready for Stardom

Ready for Stardom

13 September 2017 - Ten years ago, at the (then) IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the South African team finished a lacklustre 22nd on the medal table. Fast forward to 2017 and Team South Afr...
Legend of the Riddler

Legend of the Riddler

13 September 2017 - In his competitive days, Alec Riddle was known as the Riddler, whereas these days he is better known as the ‘Eye in the Sky,’ hovering above the leading runners at televised races to pr...
Thank You, Running

Thank You, Running

30 August 2017 - Discovering a love for running helped me to put my life back together again, and I just want to show my appreciation. – BY ERIC MCLAREN I started running for the first time in my life in...
Whenever & Wherever

Whenever & Wherever

30 August 2017 - Running is a spiritual experience for me. It puts me into a meditative state while pushing my body to its limits – and trail running takes this concept to another level, where joy meets pain,...
Transform Your Swimming with DARE TO TRI

Transform Your Swimming with DARE TO TRI

30 August 2017 - In the six years that we have run the DARE TO TRI Programme, the most asked question is always, “Can you help me with my swim?” It seems that for many would-be triathletes or Ironman co...
When We Were Young

When We Were Young

30 August 2017 - The future stars of South African athletics did us so proud at the recent World U/18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, and following our team’s success brought back some great memories for me,...
Walking with St James

Walking with St James

30 August 2017 - Sometimes runners take on other challenges, be it multisport, obstacle racing or adventure racing, or even hiking, so when we heard about the story of ‘Two Porras and a Greek’ – D...
Superb September Spring Racing

Superb September Spring Racing

30 August 2017 - South African runners are blessed with a terrific race calendar, with so many great races to do, so check out these events for the coming month, including road and trail runs as well as other runni...
Helping the Next Generation

Helping the Next Generation

30 August 2017 - In the early 2000s, Hendrik De Villiers was one of SA’s leading sprint and Olympic distance triathletes, but his pro career was cut short by financial constraints. Having gone into financial ...