The Ten10 Challenge

Running ten Comrades Marathon’s (90km) in 10 days = 900 km

South Africans have a special place for those intrepid souls that, as winter starts to set in begin the epic journey that is the Comrades Marathon. The 89th running of an event, conceived to honor the millions of fallen soldiers who died tragically during the World War 1, is set to start Sunday the 1st June 2014.

The 90km run, the start and end, alternating between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is central to the South African running scene. Each half of which would be considered as amongst the toughest 42.2km standard marathon in SA.

Three crazy runners are planning the ultimate running challenge. They plan to run the 90km Comrades distance each day consecutively, for the 9 days leading up to the 1st June, culminating with competing in the Comrades on the 1st June 2014. This would be equivalent to running ten Comrades in 10 days.

Their motivation is to raise as much money for charity as possible.

Please support these crazy wonderful people!

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The Crazy Runners

Feel free to join then if you like!

Hazel

Hazel Moller

I started running in 1990 to get to the gym where I did aerobics (only 1,5km away but I thought I would DIE). In 1995 I finished University and left my home town of Durban and my family to move to big, bad Jo’burg. I was alone and that is when I turned to running as an escape. I started distance running in 1998 with my Bedfordview Athletics Club family, and have never been happier. My first Comrades was in 1999.

Running portfolio
13 Comrades, 4 bill rowan, 9 bronze
23 100 milers with a double washie as the 24th, with placing in all and first lady to win overall race at Midlands 100 miler in 2005

Marathons: way over 300 but still counting….only on 2006
But really, anyone can become an ultra distance runner – just takes hard work, tenacity, dedication and a degree of madness…

WHY AM I DOING THIS?
I run because I love it. It makes me feel alive. And it reminds me of just how blessed I am to have a wonderful husband and family, a healthy body, a roof over my head and food in my belly. When I run I often contemplate why I have been so blessed, and last year when I did the Double Washie for charity, I realized I am only blessed so that I can pass my blessing on! So why choose to help PETS, well I am always finding lost/injuried animals when I run.

Hilton

Hilton Murray

I did my first Comrades in 1989. My Green number obtained only last year! Still don’t know why really but I loved my permanent number more than I care to admit – So to put this into perspective it took me 25years to get my 10 medals. Now planning another 10 this year in 10 days. MAD?… DO ASK ME AGAIN AFTER COMRADES 2014!

Started running at the age of 15 in Harrismith in the Free State with the annual 13km (now15km?) Harrismith Mountain Race.
So to sum it up not too carefully that will be 32 years of running and still NOT counting. I have never been to a Physio or health specialist in the last 32 years and only once had ITB just before my second Comrades. But absolutely no other health issues ever since the day I started running 32 years ago. Oh yes – Started running because I came dead last in my first entered inter school 3000m race at 15. I never competed in any sports before the age of 15 because of serious kidney health problems from the age of 5years old. No contact sports – doctor orders. I have never kept a logbook in my entire 32yrs running career for longer than a week. My motto is I run for myself and don’t want a second job. Running is my hobby and passion…finish en klaar! I do about 6 to 8 marathons a year and 5 to 6 Ultras annually and plenty enough shorter races and casual runs in between. I see myself as an unusually 2m tall slightly underweight friendly average ability and very healthy runner. Comrades is the only road race where I have completed 10 runs. I don’t like routine! But I do love a personal challenge.

Running portfolio:
1. I was the Vredendal ORAK 12 Hour circuit race world record holder (according to my mates at Bellville Athletic Club) in 2011. This record stood for at least 365days before it was shattered by a fellow club mate in consecutive years quite clearly out of reach of my ability…I think
2. I am the only athlete ever to complete 2 Two Oceans and 2 Comrades with a penguin on my head. This record will stand for some time…I think :-)

WHY AM I DOING THIS?
Hazel convinced/forced me to come along and enjoy the South African roadside scenery from Johannesburg to Durban and save on some pretty expensive fuel cost in the process. It sounded like a good idea…at the time. Also, with my 2m physique I can protect the other 2 from all harm…

Carlo

Carlo Gibson

Until I was 27 years old I could not afford a car and my bicycle was my only form of transport. I cycled EVERYWHERE. I think that made me naturally fit and strong. I started doing triathlons and have done 1 ironman and a couple of half ironmen (but who is counting).

In 2007 I fell off a cliff while mountain biking and smashed my foot. I was told that I would not be able to run again. So once the foot had heaIed I did what every athletic person would do – I started running!

Running portfolio
I have done 5 comrades , 4 silvers ( including my first one ) best time of 6h54, pb 21 km 76 minutes , marathon 2h51.have done one 6 day race and one 18 hour race.

WHY AM I DOING THIS?
When I competed in the Year to year 6 day race I felt that I had finally made it home. The people I met were all on my wavelength when it came to pushing your body beyond its capacity. I felt challenged and captivated by the ultra ultra marathon. So when I heard talk that some crazy lady from the club across the highway (Hazel runs for Bedfordview AC – I run for Jeppe which is 1km away, across the highway!) wanted to run to Durban, I thought, “cool, sounds like a nice challenge. “ So when Hazel was trying to recruit partners from a very reluctant bunch of morning runners, I put my hand up first. Actually mine was the only hand that went up….

Looking forward to pushing my limits and raising money for charity – please support us!

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The Charities

We are fund raising for these two awesome charities…

PETS

PETS – Pet Empowerment in Townships - Donate NOW!

PETS (Pet Empowerment in Townships) strives to empower animals in townships and poor communities. We work with the community to improve the lives of these disadvantaged animals by giving them daily meals, warm shelters, regular inoculations, sterilisations and vet care in emergencies. We also rehome those ones that are unwanted, unloved or lost.

We try to instil in the communities, a responsibility and pride for their animals by not just empowering the animals, but also by educating and helping the people uplift themselves. We believe in working hand in hand with the animals and people of these impoverished areas to create unity, trust and stability for all.

See website www.pets.org.za

PinkDrive

Pink Drive - Donate NOW!

South Africa’s best-loved Breast Cancer Community Carer, PinkDrive is the indispensable, tangible breast cancer Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) powering South Africa’s first mobile PinkDrive Mammography Unit and PinkDrive Educational Unit through our country, driving home the fact that ‘Early Detection Saves Lives’.

PinkDrive currently runs two “Pink” mobile breast check units, as well as three educational cars. Both units travel to semi-urban and urban areas around South Africa with the aim of enabling various disadvantaged communities access to education, physical examinations and how to do breast self-examination. The mobile screening unit successfully launched in the Western Cape in 2011 and operated through local clinics, community health centres and hospitals. The unit returned to Gauteng in December 2012, and has continued working through local clinics, community health centres and hospitals in Gauteng.

In March 2014, PinkDrive unveiled South Africa’s first Mobile Women’s Health Unit in the form of a fourteen ton truck. Described as a Doctor’s Room on Wheels, the Unit boasts a state-of-the-art gynaecology area for pap smears and examinations, a reception area for administration and a radiology area. This unit will address cervical cancer, as well as offering mammograms. The Mobile Women’s Health Unit’s qualified Mammographers and fully trained nurses will soon be joined by cervical cancer specialists, with its current service offering expanding to include various screening tests for the disease to facilitate and promote early detection. The combination ultimately transforms the Unit into a Cancer Powerhouse that enables the PinkDrive to simultaneously tackle the two most prevalent female cancers – breast and cervical cancer. The additional services will remain free to all uninsured women at community health centres and secondary hospitals associated with local academic hospitals.

To date we have provided over 5000 free mammograms, done over 60 000 clinical breast examinations in community areas, educated over 90 000, and distributed over 100 000 educational materials. We have a targeted approach when addressing social needs. The projects we are involved in are participatory, have building capacity, are sustainable and have measurable impact. Through the goodwill of many fortunate citizens and willing corporate businesses helping us , we in turn are helping government to touch as many citizens as we can.

See website www.pinkdrive.co.za

Follow our progress on Twitter and Facebook – 23 May to 1 June 2014

Our seconds will be posting updates often on our progress. How we are doing and how far we are etc. Please follow and share our journey. We hope to raise a lot of funds as we are running and we can only do this with your help!