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No High Like a Runners High

No High Like a Runners High

15 January 2012 - Becoming a drug addict had nothing to do with my upbringing, family life or any other dysfunctional story that leads some people to do drugs. A lot of perfectly normal adults get caught up in this tra...
THE JOY OF WALKING

THE JOY OF WALKING

01 December 2011 - In 1991 at the age of 36, I was a mother of three young children and an occasional smoker. In July of that year, I was persuaded to join The Run/Walk for Life (RWFL) programme by a family member in or...
Running With Heartache

Running With Heartache

01 November 2011 - Shaun was my only child and my reason for living. He was my friend and we had a relationship that was so special. Yes, there were times we had our differences – he was on his way to 18 and was r...
From the Cape to Kili

From the Cape to Kili

01 October 2011 - Standing at Cape Agulhas on 1 October 2010, I wondered what I was getting myself into. I said my farewells to the small group of family and friends, and set off with Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania as m...
Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers

01 September 2011 - When I was a child our community of Riverlea was ridden with alcoholism, drug abuse, gangsters and poverty. We had a lot of fun playing street games and chipping golf balls in our backyard, but growin...
From Mathlete to Athlete

From Mathlete to Athlete

01 August 2011 - (Strap) MY STORY Mathletes have a hard time out in the field. You head out in a pair of killer heels to one of the many malls in sunny SA, then walk for miles before eventually heading back out, ador...
Why Walk When You Can Soar?

Why Walk When You Can Soar?

01 July 2011 - It all began in December 2009. I met Roy Heine online and we began chatting. He told me he belonged to Charlo Athletic Club in Port Elizabeth and had run 76 marathons in total. He started nine Comrade...
Inspired To Run

Inspired To Run

01 June 2011 - Fran grew up next to an athletics track, with her Dad being a high jump coach. She ran her first competitive race at the age of four, against the under-6-group. This continued throughout her school an...
My Journey of Self Discovery

My Journey of Self Discovery

01 May 2011 - In 2008 I participated in my first Ironman. It changed me physically, emotionally and spiritually. A year later I crossed the line for the second time, and I am certain that it won’t be my last....
They Say Time Heals…

They Say Time Heals…

01 April 2011 - If you have ever loved someone, you will have thought about that phone call. You know the one. Will it come in the middle of the night, in the foggy space between dream and reality, or during the day ...
Our Humble Coach

Our Humble Coach

01 March 2011 - Our coach is a man who has encountered several personal stumbling blocks, but Despite his own challenges, week after week you will find him at the Randburg Harriers track, coaching athletes to achieve...
Running: My Saving Grace

Running: My Saving Grace

01 November 2010 - Love brought me to South Africa. While living in North Carolina I met a man from South Africa. We fell in love, got married and moved to Gordon’s Bay, where we still live today. I couldn’t...
A Family Affair

A Family Affair

04 October 2010 - A FAMILY MANI have always been a family man. I live for them! I remember the days my kids were born; I was the proudest man alive. Over the years they have excelled at so many things, making me even p...
Finding My One True Passion

Finding My One True Passion

26 July 2010 - He had done it all – debt collector, waiter, salesman – before finding one of the best jobs in the country: Media and Communications Coordinator for the Comrades Marathon Association. Crai...
Becoming an Ironman

Becoming an Ironman

28 June 2010 - This is not an article about the many hours of training that you require before you attempt a triathlon, or the massive sacrifices that you need to make. This is a story about how, in the space of one...
Running with my Children

Running with my Children

24 May 2010 - We all run for our own reasons, be it to try and win a race, lose weight, better a previous time or just for the health benefits. Sometimes, running goes far beyond these reasons. For some of us, runn...
Living My Dream

Living My Dream

28 April 2010 - She is doing what many sport crazy athletes dream of every day, training full time and competing in some of the most exciting races internationally. Caroline Koll, one of South Africa’s top fema...
Learning to Walk the Walk

Learning to Walk the Walk

01 April 2010 - When Maria Ghisleni first took up walking, she saw it more as an opportunity to keep fit and healthy while getting some fresh air, instead of just doing Jane Fonda-esque aerobics in the gym, but soon ...
40 Years on the Run

40 Years on the Run

01 March 2010 - This January Derick Marcisz of Jeppe Quondam Athletics Club in Johannesburg celebrated 40 incredible years of being a runner, during which he has raced against some of South Africa’s best runner...
Moloney’s Memories

Moloney’s Memories

08 February 2010 - When Mike Moloney saw the front cover of the October edition of Modern Athlete, he immediately recognised the photograph in the background as the start of the 1946 Jackie Gibson Marathon, with his fat...
One Day!

One Day!

08 February 2010 - Since I was a boy, I’ve been watching Comrades on TV every year and dreaming about ‘one day’. After my school years fl ew by, I started working, got married, had kids and the dream a...
My Way to the Finish

My Way to the Finish

08 February 2010 - The mystique of the Comrades Marathon captures the imagination of South Africans every year. The organisers call it The Ultimate Human Race. It certainly is the only foot race of nearly 90km in the wo...
One in a Million

One in a Million

11 January 2010 - Susan Daly was never really an athlete. In the early 90s, she joined Run/Walk for Life and used to plod around Patterson Park in Norwood. She did a couple of 10km runs, but the running bug never bit. ...