While thousands of runners prepare for this year’s Comrades Marathon, Joburg adventurer Mike Sewell will attempt to run 1 800 km to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Dressed in the distinctive running kit of The Cows, Mike will leave Cape Town on August 9, slowly making his way to Pietermaritzburg, running 90km a day for 19 days. On day 20 he will run the Comrades Marathon. All part of his quest to raise R1 million!
Although Mike failed to get it right a few years ago, he is now amped to lace up his running shoes to make a real impact on the lives of children confronting cancer.
“Mostly The Long Road to Comrades V2.0 is about unfinished business. I’ve always challenged myself with ever-growing challenges and this one still needs to be conquered. I love testing my limits, both physically and mentally.
“There are a few very significant changes that I have made from the first attempt. Firstly, quitting is not an option. It was too easy to get in the support van last time. This won’t be an option this year. I will just have to suck it up.
“Then, keep moving forward! We spent too much time in 2018 not moving forward. This run will be a solo effort. The task is so big that it needs the focused effort of a team to get one person over the line. I hope to eliminate additional dynamics and challenges that come with multiple runners. Then I fine-tuned everything for success. From flattening the route to adding a masseuse to an acute focus on nutrition and even being aware of the road camber. But vitally, the charity element gives me an additional reason, if not the reason, to finish this thing.”
You’ve got this Mike!