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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...
Couch Potato to Ironman

Couch Potato to Ironman

15 August 2017 - My long journey to becoming a triathlete has been an awesome, life-changing experience that I can recommend to any person. You will never know until you try a triathlon! – BY MORNE HEYSTEK ...
Never Say Never

Never Say Never

15 August 2017 - I believe that you should never let anybody tell you that “you will never do this again,” because if you really want it, you can do it. – BY SU-YEN THORNHILL For the last 10 ...
Making My Heart Sing

Making My Heart Sing

27 July 2017 - “What makes your heart sing?” That is a line I read in a book, and it made me ask myself many questions. Have you ever wanted to do something completely out of your comfort zone? Ever h...
Couch Potato to Marathoner

Couch Potato to Marathoner

12 July 2017 - I am a lazy person by nature. I once did a personality test and it revealed that my motto should be “Why stand when you can sit, and why sit when you can rather lie down?” And yet I bec...
Life Lessons from Cross Country

Life Lessons from Cross Country

21 January 2017 - Whether you like running or if the only form of running you do is running your mouth, these life lessons I picked up during my various cross country races may help you too. – BY LIZETTE DU PL...
Romancing the Road

Romancing the Road

18 August 2016 - I think this happens only once in a lifetime… You find someone, a best friend and there is this special connection. And right from the beginning you just know that it’s not the norm. I...
My Secret Training Weapons

My Secret Training Weapons

11 August 2016 - Fresh from completing my third Comrades – well, as fresh as one can be after running 89.2km – like many of the thousands of men and women who took part in the Ultimate Human Race, I am ...
Troublesome Triple Green

Troublesome Triple Green

14 July 2016 - I can now really say that I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of Comrades. I won it in 1993. I have run a silver time 10 times. I got put in the ambulance in 2013 and finished my race in St....
21 Kays of Celebration

21 Kays of Celebration

14 June 2016 - Watching my daughter go from non-runner to half marathon finisher and sharing the roads on her journey made for a most special memory. – BY STEVE REES In August 2015, my youngest daughter...
Proudly South African

Proudly South African

23 May 2016 - You learn so much about yourself when you run 56km, and one thing I learnt in running my first Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon is that my faith in my fellow South Africans is not misplaced. &n...
From the HEART

From the HEART

12 April 2016 - When I suffered sudden chest pains early in a race, I had no idea how serious the problem would turn out to be. – BY MOGAMAT PHALDIE CASSIEM It was during the Grape Run Half Marathon in C...
The Jamaica World Wind Comes to an End

The Jamaica World Wind Comes to an End

20 March 2016 - Our Modern Athlete correspondent Ciara Picco brings us the experience of her journey to the Puma Disc Launch in Jamaica! A day at the track watching the Boys & Girls Championships, a ...
Meeting the Man Himself, Usain Bolt

Meeting the Man Himself, Usain Bolt

19 March 2016 - Our Modern Athlete correspondent Ciara Picco brings us the experience of her journey to the Puma Disc Launch in Jamaica! A day at the track and watching world-famous athlete Usain Bolt in...
Puma Disc Launch

Puma Disc Launch

19 March 2016 - Our Modern Athlete correspondent Ciara Picco brings us the experience of rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous while attending the very exclusive Puma Disc Launch in Jamaica!  When l...
Two Loves of my Life

Two Loves of my Life

17 February 2016 - Running has always meant a lot to me, so when I met the man of my dreams through running and we could share running as well, it made me so incredibly happy. – BY NANDI ZALOUMIS-MITCHELL ...
Have Fun, Mommy!

Have Fun, Mommy!

21 January 2016 - The weekend of Comrades 2014, my husband and I were in Durban, so we decided to go and watch. I got so inspired that I decided I would like to run the Ultimate Human Race, so in November 2014 I ran...
Blow Your Own Mind!

Blow Your Own Mind!

22 December 2015 - If you had told me two years ago that I would one day run a half marathon, I would have laughed in your face, but once in a while you need to blow your own damn mind. – BY DIANE SHEARER ...
Running with Jed’s Voice

Running with Jed’s Voice

26 November 2015 - For months leading up to the event, I visualised crossing the finish line with my chest puffed out and the biggest smile on my face, but no matter what I achieve, my son isn’t with me to shar...
By My Side

By My Side

27 October 2015 - After suffering the sudden loss of my husband, it was my running family that got me back on my feet. – BY IRENE VAN ROOYEN I started doing long distance running about 22 years ago and ha...
Addicted in SA

Addicted in SA

25 August 2015 - It began with “Luisa, we have great news for you,” the mail that informed me about my gap year placement in South Africa. So in August 2014 I came to Durbanville in the Cape and started...
Running in the Family

Running in the Family

22 July 2015 - It's a story, and an important one to all of us. A story involving five siblings – same mom, same dad, same common goal, to participate and complete the Ultimate Human Race, the Comrades ...
Jogging’ In The Jungle

Jogging’ In The Jungle

23 January 2015 - Voted by CNN as ‘the most difficult and wildest eco race on the planet’, The Jungle Marathon is an extreme seven-day 275km footrace through the Amazon Jungle in Brazil, and SA’s Anthony Erasmus ...
The Reason We Run

The Reason We Run

12 November 2014 - Waiting for Chet Sainsbury outside his house at 5:45am to go for our midweek longer run, I often ponder as to why, what is there to prove. Between us we have run 67 Two Oceans, hundreds of marathon...
Doing it Despite Diabetes

Doing it Despite Diabetes

15 September 2014 - Hello, I am the 49-years-old who was attempting the Comrades this year for the first time, as published in the Letters section of the June edition of Modern Athlete, and this is my follow-up Comrad...
Road 2 Comrades: An Ode to Coach Laurie

Road 2 Comrades: An Ode to Coach Laurie

26 May 2014 - Last year Laurie Lewis suffered a great personal loss just before the Comrades Marathon, and had a really difficult run as a result, but this year he has coached and motivated a team of 18 runners ...
Fighting Spirit

Fighting Spirit

16 May 2014 - In 2006 Achmat ‘Sharkboy’ Hassiem was participating in life-saving training off Muizenberg Beach in Cape Town when a 4.5-metre Great White Shark attacked him. Despite losing most of his...
Running Positively

Running Positively

01 April 2014 - Vuyiseka Dubula and Mark Heywood formed the TAC (Treatment Action Campaign) Runners for Health group in 2011, to support HIV positive runners and the work being done by TAC to ensure that peopl...
Spirit of Boston

Spirit of Boston

30 January 2014 - Having just recently run the Two Oceans and then facing 20 hours of flying to get to Boston, Chris and I knew that we weren't going to be in tip-top form, so we decided to soak up the experience an...
Running Through Time in Turkey

Running Through Time in Turkey

30 January 2014 - We arrived in Iznik on an overcast Saturday afternoon, reeking of the scented hand-cleaner that Turkish minibus crews dispense to all passengers. We had not planned to run here – we only l...