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Hendrick Ramaala says Olympic Pressure Gets to Marathon Athletes

Hendrick Ramaala says Olympic Pressure Gets to Marathon Athletes

07 June 2016 - Hendrick Ramaala, a former Olympian athlete says that the honour of representing their country at the Olympic Games is the downfall of South African marathon athletes. “Everything changed...
Are you a cheat if you use pain killers?

Are you a cheat if you use pain killers?

24 April 2014 - There is much literature on the dangers of using pain medication and anti-inflammatories while running, particularly during marathons and ultra-marathons. The short answer is DO NOT DO IT! It could...
Set Some Goals

Set Some Goals

30 May 2012 - Ever since I started running some eight years ago, I’ve enjoyed the sport so much and always will. But in order to get more out of the sport, you need to set yourself reasonable goals, and to ac...
Participate, don’t procrastinate

Participate, don’t procrastinate

01 May 2012 - Life is interesting, exciting and fulfilling, but short. It is in our own interest to pack as much as we possibly can into it. I realised this after fighting cancer for a number of years. In the fourt...
30kg by 30

30kg by 30

08 March 2012 - WINNING LETTERMost women dread their birthdays as the years go by, and this is no different in my case. On my 29th birthday earlier this year, I had come to a point that I was fed up with the state my...
Runners are not Elephants

Runners are not Elephants

01 February 2012 - Runners are not ElephantsEven though the odd runner may strain the springs on a scale or sound like a charging elephant down a hill, and even though some of the shorts they wear may make them resemble...
Take Nothing for Granted

Take Nothing for Granted

15 January 2012 - I've been a runner the past 13 years. Not one of the fastest and not last at races, but nevertheless someone whose way of life and personality incorporates being able to run. I started running by chan...
A New Challenge

A New Challenge

01 December 2011 - I have been battling infertility for many years and have tried everything. I needed to shift my focus and find a new challenge to distract myself, so in December last year I thought I would try runnin...
A True Comrade

A True Comrade

01 November 2011 - Each time people call me ‘Comrade’, it fills me with pride. I started training for the first time on 1 September 2008 by running four laps on a soccer field in my neighbourhood. Thereafter...
Running is Good for your Social Life!

Running is Good for your Social Life!

01 September 2011 - I am a relatively new runner and am amazed at the camaraderie between runners, whether they know each other or not. I had a prime example this morning on my training run. For the most part, when doing...
Don’t Forget the Walkers!

Don’t Forget the Walkers!

01 August 2011 - Thank you to Catharina Robbertze for writing an interesting and informative article about walkers (Step it up, March 2011). As a keen walking member of Run/Walk for Life's Constantia branch (better ma...
Non-talking Newby

Non-talking Newby

01 July 2011 - I’m in training for the Two Oceans Half Marathon, which will be my first 21km. The training is on track, been running every day, very proud of myself. I'm doing hills every bloody day, no other ...
Tri Glory

Tri Glory

01 June 2011 - We entered the race together and I followed the programme religiously, only missing one session! I couldn't wait for my magazine copy to see what Derick was planning for us next. Well, today I can pro...
Preconceived Ideas About Running

Preconceived Ideas About Running

01 May 2011 - Late in July I decided that my long-standing dream of running the Comrades Marathon needed to become a reality. If I was ever going to achieve this goal, it was time to dig those old running shoes out...
Dream Job

Dream Job

01 April 2011 -  I followed a fairly stereotypical route after school; went to University, got a degree, started working at the age of 22 and didn’t particularly enjoy it! I changed jobs a couple of times....
Have Your Say

Have Your Say

01 February 2011 - Thank you for all the great letters we get sent. You are amazing! If you would like to send us a letter regarding any topic, log on and click on the Become a Contributor link. What about the Men?It l...
Have Your SAY

Have Your SAY

01 December 2010 - Thank you for all the great letters we get sent. You are amazing! If you would like to send us a letter regarding any topic, go to www.modernathlete.co.za and click on the Become a Contributor link. (...
Have Your Say

Have Your Say

01 November 2010 - Thank you for all the great letters we get sent. You guys are amazing. If you would like to send us a letter regarding any topic, go to www.modernathlete.co.za and click on the Become a Contributor li...
Have Your Say

Have Your Say

01 November 2010 - Sweet Pea’s longing for a Comrades journey   Congratulations on your first year in print. Your magazine is truly a great read. May there be many more years for your great magazine!  ...
Have your say

Have your say

26 July 2010 - South African InspirationWhen I moved from Chicago to Boksburg for a year of volunteer service, I was looking forward to beautiful African sunsets. I did not expect to see many sunrises – but th...
Have Your SAY

Have Your SAY

28 April 2010 - We receive many great letters from our readers and enjoy sharing some of them with you. If you would like to send us a letter regarding any topic, go to www.modernathlete.co.za and click on the Become...
Have Your SAY

Have Your SAY

01 April 2010 - We receive many great letters from our readers and love sharing them with you. To send us a letter, go to www.modernathlete.co.za and click on the Become a Contributor link. (Note that some letters ha...
Have Your Say - February 2010

Have Your Say - February 2010

01 April 2010 - Stop the LitterI must say that I share Elise’s view on campaigning to keep litter to a minimum at races (Have Your Say, January 2010 – Don’t mess with us!). Much of it is making novi...
Have Your Say

Have Your Say

01 March 2010 - We runners and walkers in the Johannesburg/Pretoria area are extremely fortunate in being able to participate in a road race in one or both cities virtually every weekend, but do we ever stop to consi...
Readers’ Comments

Readers’ Comments

08 February 2010 - I found your “newspaper” very interesting, so did my wife. She isn’t even a runner! Thank you for publishing such quality!RegardsEric Parker   I recently picked up a copy of t...

Have Your Say - November 2009 (Edition 6)

11 January 2010 - ACTION OVERDUEI have of late been following, with disgust, the very distasteful episode surrounding the reported lying response emanating from Mr Leonard Chuene and the subsequent support of his lying...