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With August being Women’s Month, we’ve collected stories of hugely inspirational women in the running world, from race referee Colleen McNally and athlete development foundation director Zintle Mokoka, to cancer survivor Nicole Fuller, emerging sprinter Tebogo Mamatu, and Run for a Child fundraisers Petro Miller and Teresa Morris.
The 2019 Comrades Marathon was one of the most exciting races in years, dominated by the barnstorming wins by Edward Mothibi and Gerda Steyn. However, there was another dramatic finish that caught the eye, as Siya Mqambeli claimed the final men’s gold medal, and there is a remarkable story behind his achievement.
On top of the world one minute, on track to achieve her dream of racing the marathon at the 2020 Olympics… rock bottom the next, suffering from a series of chronic injuries that left her feeling weak, alone and totally out of sync with her body. Nolene Conrad tells us how quickly things can change, and waking from her injury nightmare.
Less than a year ago, Nuno Miguel Morais was firmly in the grip of alcoholism, with his life rapidly spiralling out of control. Thankfully, he hit rock bottom and was able to start the recovery process, using running as one of his recovery tools, and he has quickly become an inspiration to many others struggling with substance abuse.