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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...
Running for Lettie

Running for Lettie

06 January 2014 - There we were at the Cape Point Lighthouse on Friday 29 March, six runners dressed up in pink outfits more akin to a gay pride parade as Japanese tourists snapped away with their cameras. The six w...
Magical Motivation

Magical Motivation

06 January 2014 -   It’s a combination of things that motivate me to push as hard as I do – from an illness that changed my life forever, to the people, past and present, who have influenced me in...
Running Free

Running Free

01 December 2013 - As I sit down to put my experience on paper, I struggle to find the words to describe my six-day-journey at the Wild Coast Ultra, a 250km race that starts at the Umgazi River mouth and finishes on N...
 Fixed By Running

Fixed By Running

01 December 2013 - I thought you might be interested in a runner’s story, to give you an idea of my journey through weight-loss and how running has helped me get there. I am not sure if running fixed my spirit, ...
Nothing is Impossible

Nothing is Impossible

31 October 2013 - In 2010, my year started of with a bang, winning the Friendly City Marathon in PE in January and putting in a good show at the South African Triathlon Champs in Germiston. Then one evening, while ou...
Perseverance

Perseverance

01 October 2013 - My Ironman 70.3 journey started on race day in 2012. I got through the swim and halfway through the cycle when I had to stop due to stomach cramps and dehydration. The only good thing was that on the ...
Wheelchair Warriors

Wheelchair Warriors

01 October 2013 - FANUS ROSSOUW I was involved in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident in 2005 and I ended up with several broken ribs, a broken back and suffered major head trauma. The doctors told my wife that I wo...
My Journey of Self-Discovery

My Journey of Self-Discovery

30 August 2013 - Ten years ago I was living the regular life of a 20-something. I enjoyed going out with friends, late nights, clubbing, drinking, and eating rich foods. Then I started noticing blood every time I w...
Stand by Me

Stand by Me

30 August 2013 - It all started at the beginning of 2011, when I relocated from Richards Bay to start a new and challenging career in Johannesburg. I soon found it very lonely, despite being in such a big city, and ...
I am a Runner

I am a Runner

01 August 2013 - I am 33, married, with two young sons and am also hard-of-hearing. Without my hearing aids on, I am essentially deaf. However, I am fortunate to have good quality hearing aids, and they enable me to...
 Fighting Fit in Fiji

Fighting Fit in Fiji

01 August 2013 - ADRIAN: LONG DISTANCE GOALS When I met Mel in June 2012, I was still riding high from completing my first Ironman in Western Australia the previous December, and she was in full stride and ready ...
Running for my Mom

Running for my Mom

01 July 2013 - By the time I was old enough to read and write, I could explain the complexities of the disease Muscular Dystrophy. I also understood that it meant my mother’s life was likely to be short-liv...
The Race that Wasn’t

The Race that Wasn’t

28 May 2013 - My NYCM started with a casual comment by my running friend, Marlene, that she wanted to run this iconic race in 2012, and soon I found myself putting down a deposit. A series of small miracles happe...
Aussie Aussie!

Aussie Aussie!

29 April 2013 - We flew into O.R. Tambo Airport around 5pm on the Wednesday with about five hours to go before our flight to Perth, but when we arrived at check-in, we were told that we couldn't board due to some ...
Third Time Lucky

Third Time Lucky

02 April 2013 - One of my most vivid childhood memories takes me back to 1976(age 9) when Mom had placed me on the side of the Comrades road, water bottle in hand, waiting to give it to Dad when he came past. Well,...
Healthy, Fit, and Loving Life

Healthy, Fit, and Loving Life

01 March 2013 - I was at a mate’s braai when I found a scale in the bathroom, took a deep breath, and stepped on with eyes closed. I waited a few seconds, then opened one eye to peek at the numbers: 107kg. I...
Following Big Ken’s Trail

Following Big Ken’s Trail

04 February 2013 - I was most honoured to be asked to go to Dervock in July and talk about one of the town’s own sons, and one of SA’s greatest sportsmen. Kennedy Kane McArthur was a remarkable man ...
Night Run in Soweto

Night Run in Soweto

10 January 2013 - Norrie Williamson was on the phone: "Hey Ray, a few of us are heading to Soweto tonight for a run, if you're not doing anything?" If I'm honest, my first thoughts were, "Are you crazy? At night? Is it...
Regular Cape Peninsula Running Tourist

Regular Cape Peninsula Running Tourist

30 October 2012 - Although my first Two Oceans Marathon was run in 1993, my Two Oceans story began years before. Living in Grahamstown, as a family we made the trip to Cape Town in the late 1980s to support my ...
Happy, Running Pregnant Fairy

Happy, Running Pregnant Fairy

26 September 2012 - I remember clearly being totally shocked when I stared at the pregnancy test that had two stripes on it. Not because I didn’t think that I could fall pregnant, but because I had just a...
Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund

Tri-ing for The Sunflower Fund

29 August 2012 - Growing up, I took part in many sports enthusiastically, albeit some not always successfully, as my old cricket coach would vouch for! I was never a runner at school… in fact, the only ru...
Back for More!

Back for More!

27 July 2012 - Growing up in Natal, it was a yearly ritual to support the Comrades runners, with everyone in the house getting up early to watch the start and spending the day in front of the television waiti...
Long Wait for Greendom

Long Wait for Greendom

01 July 2012 - It seems ridiculous: 43 years to Green… but it happened haphazardly, without green as a goal until I got to eight. It is more about failure than perseverance: 40-plus years of trying w...
With a Little Help from my Friends

With a Little Help from my Friends

02 April 2012 - Ever since I can remember, running has been my passion and I live, eat and sleep it. The year I was born, my dad finished the Comrades in 8:31. The following year I attended my first Comrades at the t...
1000 Miles by Hand to Impact the World

1000 Miles by Hand to Impact the World

01 February 2012 - I have always loved sport and was active in school rugby and cricket. I also loved golf, tennis and squash, and did a lot of weight training, cycling, swimming, and running. I enjoyed feeling fit and ...