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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...
The Ultimate Comeback

The Ultimate Comeback

23 February 2017 - Not so long ago it appeared that long jumper Luvo Manyonga’s athletics career was over, but after turning his life around and completing a remarkable comeback, he won a silver medal at the Ri...
Fire Alert

Fire Alert

16 February 2017 - Andrew Hagen spends a lot of time in the mountains and on trails, because when he’s not running, he is often ‘on the line’ with his fellow volunteer fire-fighters as more and more...
Staying Proudly South African

Staying Proudly South African

02 February 2017 - Having dominated the Collegiate track and cross country circuits while studying in the USA and qualified for her first Olympics, Dominique Scott-Efurd is now looking forward to life as a profession...
Journey to Kilimanjaro

Journey to Kilimanjaro

26 January 2017 - While attending the 2016 Comrades Marathon, Old Mutual’s Head of Brand of Emerging Markets, Karen Thomas, was invited on a journey that would test her and humble her, and just like the 90km j...
Two Myths Smashed

Two Myths Smashed

20 January 2017 - I’m conviunners do not need carbs and pasta parties, nor expensive ‘high-heeled’ running shoes with all those all support structures, and here’s the proof. – BY FRANKI...
Teenage Prodigies

Teenage Prodigies

20 January 2017 - Sprinting in South African athletics has never looked better after an incredible 2016 season, and adding to the buzz are Clarence Munyai, Gift Leotlela and Ntando Mahlangu, a new crop of young spri...
Made for Running TV

Made for Running TV

20 January 2017 - Being born two days before his dad was scheduled to run the 1985 Comrades Marathon was a fitting start for Cuan Walker, who has gone on to make a name for himself in South African running as an ath...
The Running Doyles

The Running Doyles

19 January 2017 - When the extended Doyle family of Somerset West get together for a running event, you’re sure to hear plenty of jokes and laughter, but they’re serious about their running, especially w...
Success is About the Performance

Success is About the Performance

14 January 2017 - Once a goal has been set, the training and preparation needs to be holistic and realistic, because an athlete who is correctly prepared will often outperform a more talented athlete. It is my ...
Randburg’s Grand Dame

Randburg’s Grand Dame

12 January 2017 - She may have only taken up running late in life, but Deidre Larkin has certainly made her mark on the SA running scene, setting several world records or bests, regularly finishing on the podium at ...
Old Resolutions… Renewed

Old Resolutions… Renewed

07 January 2017 - It’s that time of year… January, and New Year’s Resolutions are the hot topic as streams of people hit the gyms, hoping to fulfil the exact same health and fitness resolutions th...
Bronze is just the Beginning!

Bronze is just the Beginning!

05 January 2017 - Having won an Olympic bronze medal in Rio, Henri Schoeman has the triathlon world at his feet, and he says he is hungry for more success in the sport he has made his focus since he was 16 years old...
What a Difference a Year Makes

What a Difference a Year Makes

24 December 2016 - It’s hard to believe that January 2017 will see the first Birthday of the highly successful Modern Athlete #9to5Challenge. Of course, 2017 will be still bigger and better as we plan to spread...
Raiding Reunion

Raiding Reunion

22 December 2016 - Modern Athlete was recently given an all expenses paid trip to Reunion to cover one of the world’s toughest trail running events, the Grand Raid Reunion, which was the final leg of the 2016 U...
Happy Snapper

Happy Snapper

15 December 2016 - As one of South Africa’s leading sport photographers, Roger Sedres was in Rio in August to cover the Olympics, being right there to get photos of Wayde van Niekerk and Caster Semenya as they ...
Short Test for Performance Prediction

Short Test for Performance Prediction

11 December 2016 - There are many reasons for taking up running as a sport. For some the simple action of getting out there is sufficient, but for many it’s about testing their ability to see either how far or ...
Overcoming Obstacles

Overcoming Obstacles

10 December 2016 - In October I was privileged to be part of the South African team for the trip to Blue Mountain in Canada for the 2016 Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) World Champs. What a surreal experience: Not only ...
Sub-90 Streaker

Sub-90 Streaker

08 December 2016 - In a running career spanning 30 years, 51-year-old Peter Jaehne can look back on eight silver medals in the Comrades Marathon, six silvers in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, and a marathon pers...
The Champ is Here

The Champ is Here

04 December 2016 - Having shown his running prowess on both road and off-road, David Manja has the running world at his feet and is looking to do great things in the years to come as he forges a career as an athlete....
Multi-medal Javelin Star

Multi-medal Javelin Star

03 December 2016 - In an incredibly successful career spanning 15 years, Sunette Viljoen has competed in four Olympic Games, as well as the Commonwealth Games, World Champs, African Champs, World Universiade and many...