The Ten10 Challenge 2015
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 90th running of an event, conceived to honor the millions of fallen soldiers who died tragically during the World War 1, is set to start 31st May 2015.
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 epic ultra marathon , culminating with competing in the Comrades on the 31st may 2015. 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!
The Crazy Runners
Feel free to join then if you like!
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.
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.
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.
We are looking for runners – come and join our craziness! Feel free to join us out on the road and keep us company! Think of it as carrying the Comrades Flame to Comrades 2015
We are fund raising for these two awesome charities… 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 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!
PETS – Pet Empowerment in Townships – Donate NOW!
Follow our progress on Twitter and Facebook – 22 May to 31 May 2015
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
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!