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Tougieda’s Triumph

Tougieda’s Triumph

12 December 2018 - As she made the final turn at the 2018 Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, Tougieda Allie felt a sudden sense of relief and joy that made her burst into tears as soon as she reached that blue-carpeted finis...
Race Calendar - December 2018

Race Calendar - December 2018

30 November 2018 - South African runners really are blessed with a terrific race calendar, with so many great races to do, so check out these events for the coming month, including road and trail runs as well as othe...
Discovery Vitality Series Fulfills Thuba's Dreams

Discovery Vitality Series Fulfills Thuba's Dreams

21 November 2018 - Single mother Thubaelihle Nkomo overcomes challenges daily to create a better life for herself and her son, working full-time as a live-in nanny. Her dream of running a marathon is something she ha...
Superhero in Running Shoes

Superhero in Running Shoes

16 November 2018 - Enie Manzini is an inspirational athlete, firefighter, paramedic, single mom and all-round heroine. She is also a survivor of domestic violence. Sadly, superheroes need a villain to battle, and her...
The Man with 9 Toes

The Man with 9 Toes

07 November 2018 - Toes are important to maintaining your balance, and even more so to running, so when top trail runner Imran Paya lost a toe in a freak accident just over a year ago, he thought his running days wer...
Talking track

Talking track

30 October 2018 - Walk This Way - By Anel Oosthuizen As a young girl watching athletics, I always admired how some athletes could run around a track non-stop and not seem to get tired. When I started race walki...
Running Almost Broke Me

Running Almost Broke Me

10 October 2018 - Comrades has always been the race I had to do, the one I have been working towards for years, and this year my dream came true, I became a Comrades finisher! However, in the glory following my fini...
Baby Steps for Trail Greylings

Baby Steps for Trail Greylings

09 October 2018 - Young Christopher Greyling made his appearance towards the end of September, entering the world with a certain amount of expectation on his shoulders. After all, his parents, Landie and Christiaan ...
No Giving Up!

No Giving Up!

09 October 2018 - His Comrades record lists nine successful finishes, and nearly as many DNFs, but Eugene Lekay says that he will keep going back until he gets his Green Number. In the meantime, he just wants to enj...
Madoko's Bus

Madoko's Bus

12 September 2018 - They come running into the finish line, chanting, dancing, big smiles on faces, obviously having a whale of a time even though they’re tired, sweaty and sore. On the one hand, they’re r...
In Memory of Munchie

In Memory of Munchie

23 August 2018 - Three years ago well known back-of-pack runner Keith Solomon lost his great running friend Malcolm Marks, and every step he runs these days is in memory of their incredible friendship. – BY P...
A Select Comrades Club

A Select Comrades Club

25 July 2018 - Winning the Comrades Marathon is considered one of the pinnacles of achievement in South African road running. It brings a massive payday, makes you a household name and really puts you on the runn...
Matters of the Heart

Matters of the Heart

25 July 2018 - Dawie Aucamp has been running for 26 years, but the last few years have been really challenging after he suffered a heart attack while out training… even though he didn’t know that unt...
One More Time

One More Time

11 July 2018 - Seven years after running her first three-day AfricanX Trailrun at the age of 67, evergreen Marianne Nelson returned in 2018 to give the race another go, and by the end of the event she had once ag...
The Tried and Trusted 2.4

The Tried and Trusted 2.4

11 July 2018 - Those who ‘did time’ in the armed forces may still suffer a nervous reaction upon hearing the words “two point four,” but it’s the stuff ‘men were made of’...
Marathons, Memories and Beer!

Marathons, Memories and Beer!

20 June 2018 - With a passion for running, exploring, drinking beer and having fun, Shawn Combrink travels the world in search of new adventures, and along the way he has put together an impressive running streak...
Speed Up after Comrades

Speed Up after Comrades

20 June 2018 - So Comrades has come and gone, and you’re asking ‘What now?’ After all those months of hard training, it’s time to plot those running goals for the second half of the year&h...
4 R’s for Recovery

4 R’s for Recovery

20 June 2018 - After any run, especially an ultra as long as the Comrades, it’s important to eat and drink properly to replenish glycogen stores and to rehydrate. These guidelines – I call them the fo...
Run, Recover, Repeat – the Comrades Runner’s Mantra

Run, Recover, Repeat – the Comrades Runner’s Mantra

04 June 2018 - What makes someone come back year after year to tackle one of the toughest ultra-marathons in the world? Non-runners can’t comprehend it, but for die-hard Comrades runners, the siren’s ...
Meet Your 2018 Comrades Pacesetters

Meet Your 2018 Comrades Pacesetters

30 May 2018 - On Sunday 10 June, the 93rd Comrades Marathon will again once see thousands of runners take on the Ultimate Human Race, with all those runners hoping to make it all the way from Piermaritzburg to D...
Set Your (Realistic) Comrades Goals

Set Your (Realistic) Comrades Goals

23 May 2018 - The peak training for the Comrades Marathon is now over, and while we enjoy the extra hours of the taper period, it is time to use the ‘calm before the storm’ to develop our battle stra...
Real Runners

Real Runners

23 May 2018 - During the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Expo, I did a quick filmed interview for a social media platform and was asked where I would be supporting the runners during the ultra, as a vibe point co...
No Looking Back

No Looking Back

08 May 2018 - As Gerda Steyn pulled up next to Polish race leader Dominika Stelmach-Stawczyk around the 45km mark of the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, she did something that had many a pundit thinking bac...
Tapering Fixes

Tapering Fixes

08 May 2018 - With the Comrades Marathon just around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at some of the common mistakes runners make when it comes to tapering in the final weeks before a big race. ...
Juggling this thing called life

Juggling this thing called life

03 May 2018 - Having lots of balls in the air at the same time can leave you feeling overwhelmed, and sometimes you lose focus and drop one of those balls, which can lead to you feeling like you have failed. - B...
Family Ties

Family Ties

03 May 2018 - Running and all the running related sports have a wonderful way of bringing people together. Friendships are made, or rekindled, romance comes out of chance meetings, and sometimes you even have fa...
Running from Depression

Running from Depression

10 April 2018 - After her father committed suicide in 2008 due to severe depression, Zanele Hlatshwayo turned to running to help her through the heartache and her own depression. Now this ultra-marathon runner is ...
Finding Motivation

Finding Motivation

10 April 2018 - They say the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step, but what happens when the motivation is not even there to take that first step? What do you do when you start questioning the rea...
Permanent Fixture

Permanent Fixture

05 April 2018 - For the last 27 years, Tom Cottrell has written and published the Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road and Off-Road Races in South Africa, which has become an invaluable aid to South African runner...
Breathing Easy

Breathing Easy

22 March 2018 - Having won six SA titles, represented her country more than 10 times, and become a regular on podiums throughout the country, Nolene Conrad has established herself as one of SA’s leading fema...