Strider Abroad

Tony Banfield comepting recently in the Mt Coottha MousDash sporting an impressive Mo!Tony Banfield took advantage of a recent trip to the running mecca of South Africa. Here’s some race reports from selected races.

I ran two races whilst in South Africa recently. The reason for running these two events was because I was allowed to and to get out and see a couple of ‘old’ running mates. Second object did not work out as well as planned as many ‘old’ mates simply did not show even after agreeing to. I did however meet up with some of the people that I trained with whilst preparing for my first Comrades in 1994. That was special and unexpected.

First one was The Voet (Foot) Of Afrika which took place on Saturday, 03 October 2009. This outing consists of a 10km, 21.1km and a 42.2km. There is also a 4km run on the Friday before which is known as the Toontjie (Toe). If you’re ever in the area at that time of year and want to test yourself on a tough route then this is one for you. I ran with a friend whom I’ve known since approximately age 6 and committed to finishing the run with him and we did. It was a fun outing and you can see more detail of the route and the events in the links below. Below are our results in the 21.1km. I did not purchase photos so they may not be published as a result, but check them out  here, and here.

The second run was the Gun Run on Sunday, 11 October 2009 and this outing consists of a 5km, 10km and a 21.1km. I did the 10km with my niece of 23 and we finished the run in 1hr 04 min. It’s a fun event with plenty of entrants and you can read a bit of the history of the race in the link below. No photos from this event so you’ll just have to take my word for it that the SPS kit made an appearance.

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