Comrades Ultra Marathon, Sunday 9TH June 2019
This Sunday, the 9th June, I embark on the Comrades ultra-marathon up run: 87kms of road to conquer. The first 42.2km Bruce Fordyce describes as the toughest marathon in the world thanks to the intensity of climbing required [see profile below].
This follows last year’s down run, which I hope will result in achieving a back-to-back medal. That’s the plan anyway.
As you know, taking on this sort of challenge doesn’t come easy. It takes months of 4am wake up calls during the week for early morning training sessions, weekends consumed by long hours on the tar (remind me what a lie in is?!), endless speed sessions, hill sprints till you taste blood and your lungs feel like they want to burst out your chest, hours of time spent at the gym strengthening our core, the occasional fall resulting in needing 8 stiches in your knee – you get the picture.
It entails 100% commitment and focus.
Saying that, besides the relentless hours, you do get to make and strengthen incredible friendships and have this one mammoth goal that everyone collectively works towards like a solid team.
The name of race rings true: you forge Comrades for life.
A bit about the race: it's South Africa's longest, most gruelling, most viewed and most loved ultra-marathon. The 'living' memorial was the idea of World War veteran Vic Clapham, to commemorate the South African soldiers killed during the 1st world war and wanting the memorial to be a test of physical endurance. The spirit of the Comrades marathon embodies camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, perseverance and sizonqoba: meaning ‘together we triumph’.
This year I’d like to dedicate my Comrades to someone who has always been there for me, a solid force to be reckoned with and someone who tackles life challenges with strength and grace: my Mum.
And the charity I’d like to support this year is Cancer Heroes. These guys do amazing work [please add in details of the sort of work you do].
We’ve all been touched by this disease and being able to make a small difference to improve the lives of others drives me forward during each step on the 9th June.
This is my ‘Why’.
If you'd like to track my progress, my race number is 15257 via: www.comrades.com/
I will be thinking of each and every one of you on the 9th June.
Angela will take on The 94th Comrades Marathon which is an Up Run on Sunday, the 9th of June 2019. The race starts at the Durban City Hall at 05H30 and ends 12 hours later at the Scottsville Race Course, covering a distance of approximately 87km.
Heres the grueling route Angela will be taking on this weekend!
Keep up with her progress by using her number 15257 via the official website at: www.comrades.com/
All funds raised will be applied to the creation of a structured approach to support those in need throughout South Africa during their cancer journeys.
This will allow for a chronological approach to the journey of cancer with a special focus on personal support and guidance that is custom designed for all.