Over the second half of last year I took 6 months out of work while receiving chemotherapy for Sarcoma. Whilst it has been, and continues to be a battle out there, it has made it clear to me how precious this one life we get is and how lucky I am. Most importantly I have an incredible family, in particular wife and child, who have been at my side through everything and who I love beyond the universe. But ultimately I know it all started with my parents giving me an incredible and amazingly privileged upbringing and a world-class education.
During my time out I helped develop a website for an education fund I had been supporting over the years called Ukuthemba. In that process I learnt all about the four children that the Trust supported via Vuleka School in Johannesburg. I was moved beyond explanation, the fight of the parents to give their children the best they can, the drive of the children just to get that step up that I have taken for granted. It is a cause that is now very very close to my heart. Earlier this year Ukuthemba nestled under the wing of a much bigger brother, Bokomoso Education Trust.
I am running this race for these four children that I have never met, but feel so privileged to know. I am running this for everyone fighting a battle out there, whatever it is, to stay positive.
On a lighter note, I have run many disastrous races in the past. In particular the Unicef half marathon where I fell out of a squat porta loo in front of 100 people at the start. The common theme was lack of preparation. This is the first race I can truly say I have done the groundwork so am hoping for a much more dignified performance. Over 4 months I have run over 550kms and climbed over 26km in vertical elevation and still have a grueling 3 weeks of training ahead.
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