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28 May, 2013

Dream Come True

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Dream Come True

A few months ago, completing one of the world’s most prestigious international marathons was nothing but a pipe dream for Khubulani, whose job as a security guard in the West Rand has not afforded him such an opportunity. But thanks to a charitable initiative undertaken by Virgin Money South Africa, Khubulani, along with two other runners from underprivileged communities, was given a unique opportunity to shine on an international stage.

 

“It’s always been a dream to run in the world’s biggest marathons, but I never thought I’d get the chance,” says Khubulani, who had previously achieved four silver medal finishes in the Comrades Marathon. “I have watched the London Marathon on TV, and when I found out about this opportunity, I knew I had to go for it.”

 

This was a first trip abroad for Khubulani, who was selected along with fellow athletes, John Persents and Meshack Ndhlovu, based on the strength of their written motivations. According to Khubulani, he will remember the four days spent in London for the rest of his life. “It was amazing and we had enough time to take in all the famous sights and the culture of the place. The support throughout the marathon was incredible. It really helped to push me to achieve my best. I’ll look back at this experience every day and smile. I did a really good job and it’s something I’ll never forget.”

 

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Since returning to South Africa, Khubulani has revelled in the support shown by his community. “Honestly, it feels like I won the whole thing. The support has been amazing, and I couldn’t be happier. Virgin Money also treated us well and made us feel at home in a foreign place. I’m so grateful for the opportunity, and happy that I got a chance to show my talent to the world.”

 

However, for Khubulani there’s little time to bask in the spotlight. Over and above his work commitments, he is currently training to better his finishing time at this year’s Comrades Marathon. He has set his sights on returning to London one day, and also lists the New York Marathon as one of his future goals.