“If I want to be competitive, I need to be running in a group like that. I am the ‘Madala’ in the group, but I know I will still be giving the youngsters a run for their money. And it will be good for me to train at that pace again.” – Living legend Shadrack Hoff on his plans to enter the veteran category in the World Marathon Majors next year. We have the full story of his record-setting career.
“In South Africa we are not used to anything like the countryside we went through on the Moab. It was canyons, desert, single track, and more. The closest we have to it in this part of the world is maybe the Augrabies and Fish River Canyon races, but nothing remotely close to the scale that the Moab is.” – Trail star Bennie Roux describes his experience running the 383km Moab Desert Ultra in the USA.
“I literally felt as though I had been given a death sentence, not from the leukaemia, but because I felt there was no possibility I could survive that amount of chemo, which would also destroy my immune system. I felt so disempowered, and the fact that I would lose my hair really upset me. I felt as though I would lose my identity.” – Thankfully, the Lisa Fernandez story has a happy ending, thanks to running.
“The second night I also started having extremely vivid, sleep-deprived hallucinations… some were so real, I could actually hear them, before realising they weren’t actually there when I got a bit closer or had a second look.” – South African trailer Dale Biagio came back from the Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc in France with interesting memories of running through exhaustion!