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Willie Richards’ 1000 mile duathlon

Capetonian Willie Richards ran and biked 1,845km from Namibia to Cape Town in 19 days to highlight the plight of rural dogs, and to raise funds for mass sterilisations in rural and disadvantaged areas across South Africa.

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AJ Calitz setting his record 12 laps in 2013. photo Trevor Wilkins

Defying gravity and fatigue at Platteklip Charity Challenge

This Saturday, Table Mountain’s Platteklip Gorge will see trains of runners attempting multiple ascents of the 800 double-size steps at the annual K-Way Platteklip Charity Challenge. The participants have around 11 hours, from sunrise to sunset, to get in as many laps as possible; a thigh-busting challenge that has been dominated in recent years by K-Way athlete AJ Calitz.   Calitz first took on the Challenge in 2012. He won and set a new course […]

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Fat Boys & Slim – this year’s most unlikely team at Ironman

Four chubby yuppies have teamed up with glamour girl Liezel van der Westhuizen to tackle this year’s Ironman challenge and raise money for a very worthy cause – the communities and projects supported by the charity, the Signature of Hope Trust. Besides Liezel, none of them has much experience in endurance sports or the triathlon scene but what they all have in common is the willingness to push themselves to the limit for something they […]

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Blind hero Hein Wagner to raise funds for Vision Trust

Blind adventurer and motivational speaker Hein Wagner will be taking part in his first Woolworths Charity Triathlon. In its 5th year of running, race organisers hope to raise R5 million to donate to charities across South Africa. Originally scheduled for Saturday, 16 November at Paul Cluver Wine Estate, bad weather conditions prompted organisers to postpone the event to 1 December. Wagner will be riding to raise the profile of the Vision Trust and challenge the perceptions […]

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Skyrun’s zany pre-race briefing

Although you might not be doing this year’s Salomon Skyrun presented by Red Bull, you may find the press release, as we did, entertaining and inspirational. Nice to see that social development is an important component of this event, Khaya Lokukhanya (House of Light) is the charity of choice for 2013. Enjoy the read below.  Trail runners and adventure junkies from all over the world are putting their final preparations together for the Salomon Skyrun […]

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Bartho first woman to complete Richards Bay to Durban paddle

Durban surfski ace Danica Bartho became the first woman to complete the gruelling 162km surfski paddle from Richards Bay to Durban, finishing with a demanding downwind leg in huge swells, and in the process rounded off her “Lettie Paddle” campaign to raise funds for close friend and cancer patient Nikki “Lettie” Heyns. Bartho was the first female paddler to complete the DaReal Richards Bay to Durban Challenge, which concluded on the weekend with a tough […]

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SA runners raise nearly R350k for charity at London Marathon

South Africans part of world’s largest annual fundraising event Among more than 35,000 runners participating in the annual Virgin London Marathon on Sunday were a handful of South Africans; having raised more nearly R350,000 for charity as part of the world’s largest annual fundraising event. One stand-out runner, Franciska (Fran) Venter, completed the race after training during treatment for cancer in her brain, lung and liver.

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Cancer sufferer Fran Venter completes Virgin London Marathon

Fran bravely finishes London Marathon I awoke at 03h00 on Sunday morning feeling really nervous. By 6h30 I was heading for Earl’s Court Underground as I wasn’t sure how to get to the start. There were hundreds of red bags around so I assumed it would be safe to follow them and fortunately for me, it was.

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Cancer sufferer Fran Venter’s road to London part 3

Fran’s Road to London Virgin Active employee Fran Venter (product and training manager) will be running the London Marathon for Charity (Ma’Afika Tikkun) on 17 April. What makes Fran’s story different is she has been diagnosed with lung, liver and brain cancer and will be running the race despite the illness. She has just completed her chemo treatment and has been training really hard to achieve her fitness goals. In a series of blog posts, […]

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UNOGWAJA – 1730km ride before Comrades Marathon

The ultimate journey to Comrades UNOGWAJA 2011 in aid of Amabeadibeadi. Set to kick off on 19 May, the UNOGWAJA 2011 will follow in the footsteps of war veteran Phil Masterton-Smith. Four young men will attempt the ultimate journey of courage and endurance by cycling from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg and the following day running the Comrades Marathon.

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