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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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
Stroke of Time

Stroke of Time

15 August 2017 - When you’re 34 years old, in peak shape and competing on the world stage as one of South Africa’s leading trail runners, the last thing you’d expect is to suffer a stroke. After a...
The Danger Zone

The Danger Zone

15 August 2017 - Each year when the school holidays start, the South African news services provide a daily update on the number of deaths on our roads. Most of these deaths are a result of tired or drunk drivers lo...
Conquering the States

Conquering the States

15 August 2017 - At the end of June, ultra trail runner Ryan Sandes added yet another prestigious win to his already impressive record when he won the Western States 100 Miler in California in the USA, but he had t...
Free Bins for Races that Runclean!

Free Bins for Races that Runclean!

18 July 2017 - Get FREE BINS for Your Race with Modern Athlete’s #runclean campaign, brought to you by Garbie. As part of the #runclean campaign to promote no littering, we are providing FREE fold-up c...
Run, FatBoy, Run!

Run, FatBoy, Run!

12 July 2017 - When Mark Joubert was dared to run the 2017 Comrades Marathon by his closest mates, they didn’t think he would do it, but he proved them very wrong. Of course, it helped greatly that he stood...
Triple Green at Last

Triple Green at Last

12 July 2017 - Having been unable to complete the 2016 Comrades when aiming for her 30th (and final) medal, 1991 women’s winner Tilda Tearle returned in 2017 for another go at earning her Triple Green befor...
Paris or Bust

Paris or Bust

12 July 2017 - Nicky van der Westhuizen’s extraordinary journey to the 2017 Paris Marathon, via the Modern Athlete 9to5 Programme, is an inspiring story that defies medical and biomechanical logic. – ...
Flying Journo’s Epic Passion

Flying Journo’s Epic Passion

12 July 2017 - Thanks to his expert reporting and incredible ‘hands-on’ coverage of events via radio, social media posts and videos, and through his incredible photography, Jeff Ayliffe has built a hu...
Zach Zeroes in on Record

Zach Zeroes in on Record

12 July 2017 - Young Cape Town-based hand-cyclist Zach Legward wrote himself into the record books when he rode the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour 50km in early July. We heard about his story just before his incredib...
Spoilt for Choice in SA

Spoilt for Choice in SA

13 June 2017 - Christena Walter is a 57-year-old Irish mother of four with a Swedish husband who landed on our shores in mid-2014. Having lived all over the world and taken up running along the way, it was in South ...
Unogwaja Hattrick

Unogwaja Hattrick

09 June 2017 - Cape Town-based endurance junkie Miguel Netto has completed two Comrades Marathons and will be aiming for a third this year, but he has never actually flown into Durban for the race. That’s b...
Hunga for the Munga

Hunga for the Munga

09 June 2017 - Can you imagine running some 400km non-stop over five days, on some of the gnarliest trails, fighting extreme fatigue and muscle soreness much of the way? Well, that’s what it takes to run th...
Determined to Succeed

Determined to Succeed

09 June 2017 - Having made the finals in the 3000m steeple-chase at the African Track and Field Championships last year but then missing the Rio Olympic Games qualifying standard by just one second, three-time SA...
Botswana Bound

Botswana Bound

09 June 2017 - On the afternoon of 3 May 2017, shortly after receiving news that Karen Brough had won the Modern Athlete Diacore Gabarone Marathon competition, three bubbly running buddies met up for a celebrator...
Fuelled by Ambition

Fuelled by Ambition

18 May 2017 - In spite of working 12-hour shifts most days at a petrol station and struggling to fit in training, suffering an injury shortly before the race and then being mugged as well, Anele Mnukwa still put...
Jet-fuelled Jenna

Jet-fuelled Jenna

18 May 2017 - One of the highlights of the 2017 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was Jenna Challenor finishing second overall and first South African in the women’s race, in her debut ultra-marathon, but few...
The Patience to Keep Trying

The Patience to Keep Trying

28 April 2017 - When 47-year-old Esther Patience crossed the finish line of the Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 in East London earlier this year, she finally completed an epic five-year quest to earn that finisher&rsqu...
Cape Town’s Dancing Queen

Cape Town’s Dancing Queen

26 February 2017 - For most runners, the starting gun means start the watch and get to the finish line as quickly as possible, but for others it means start the conversation and make the run-chat last as long as poss...
Swimming for the Princess

Swimming for the Princess

25 February 2017 - If you followed triathlon in South Africa in the 90s and into the 2000s, you definitely would have spotted Dominique Donner-Rodd. Not only was she was one of the leading female triathletes in the c...