Im a born and breed Pietermaritburger and started my running career in High School back in the year 1997 / 1998.
I was involved in a lot of sport in my high school career from Netball, basketball, water polo, athletics and cross country running.
Cross Country running was where I found all my happiness. It was just me competing against myself to be better. Which I ended up getting a few trophy’s and a colour award for Cross Country. After high School I moved around a lot trying to find a city I can settle in.
During this time I was on and off running and working in a gym. So gyming became my life. In 2004 I moved to Johannesburg because of a job opportunity, and met Evan Mclean who introduced me to RAC.
I officially joined RAC in 2005. I have run numerous races from colour run, night races, 10km, 21.1km, 32km, 42.2km (came 3rd lady in Johnson Crane 42.2km back in 2007)
I do trail running and came 3rd lady overall for the Gauteng Winter Series in 2013.
Knysna Forest marathon in 2013 was my favourite and most memorable race. A few of us runners got lost in the forest due to the marshal cheering us on instead of telling us to turn around at the point where he was standing.
My 1st comrades was in 2010 and I did this in 8:57 on 1200km training.
My 2nd comrades in 2011 and did it in 8:31. On 1700km training.
My 1st Ultra 50km was this year 2015 at Slow Mag, I did this in 4:39 (hardly no training since Monster 32km due to studies and work.)
When my fiancé and I moved to the Westrand in 2012. Oh how did things change for me. I knew no-one. I was running alone in the Westrand… I saw NO runners. Where was everyone??
I was still part of RAC but it didn’t feel like family anymore. So I kept to myself, running and going to gym and hardly no racing.
So my wonderful fiancé now hubby started motivating me to find a running club in the area.
So 3 years later I finally got the courage to resign from RAC in 2015 and join a wonderful family orientated running club in the Westrand called Panorama Runners.
I am currently training for my 3rd comrades with my coach Gerrie Coetzee. He has been wonderful and helpful.
Why am I doing this crazy 90km a day for 10 days, here’s why?:
I enjoy my running. I have my bad days and my good days. But the real reason is because I am doing this for the animals.
For all the animals that are sitting in cold shelters who have no-one that loves them.
This is for all the animals that are abused and killed every day by people in cars and trucks.
This is for all the animals that are killed and eaten or killed for their fur. Yes, dogs and cats are being killed for fur.
This is for all the animals that are used for money making schemes (dog breeding, cage fights, etc)
This is for all the pets I have found dead on the road during my runs, whom I have picked up and taken to the vet hoping to give owners closure.
This is to show those people who turn a blind eye that there are people in this world who make a difference when they choose not to!
This is how I want to show my love and respect for all animals.
This is for the charity PETS who make a difference.