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Carla van Huyssteen – a sucker for punishment


29 June 2016

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Brad Brown: Welcome onto Old Mutual Live, great things start here, great things start now. It’s quite nice this time of the year to talk about some other things other than the Old Mutual Two Oceans and Comrades. Not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with those races. But it’s time to realise that there is life after those races and there’s some pretty cool things on the calendar and the horizon here in South Africa.

We’ve got some athletes who are phenomenal athletes in their own rights that don’t particularly race those races. We’ve got one of those athletes on the podcast today. It’s great to catch up once again, Carla van Huyssteen, welcome onto Old Mutual Live.

Carla van Huyssteen: Thank you very much for having me.

BB: Carla, you come from a very multi-sporty background, obviously you’re a very strong runner. That I would guess is your forte and you love running. But looking at 2015, you had quite an up and down year coming off a big injury, you ended up breaking your wrist.

Then end of the year you were racing really well, back into it, obviously rejuvenated after the break. But this year, 2016, has been pretty rough for you from a racing perspective. It’s been go, go, go, pretty much from the beginning of the year.

Being a Jane of all trades keeps you busy

CVH: That’s correct. Sometimes you make the mistake of after ending a year very well, just sort of going at it again at the beginning of the next year, especially with our racing calendar. From January onwards it was literally back to back racing from Jan/Feb/March. Being a multi-sport athlete and a very enthusiastic one as well, I do tend to keep myself very busy.

If it’s Xterra’s or if it’s trail running or even, I did Tour of Good Hope, which is a pure road race. Then the weekend thereafter did African X trail running. I have been sort of pounding my body a little bit at the beginning of the year. Somewhere along the line I’ll have to think of resting somewhere.

BB: You find it had to say no, don’t you?

CVH: I have the biggest FOMO ever, I don’t know. I know people say you suffer from it and everyone seems to be suffering from it these days. But I know I just love racing and I love going to the events really. Sometimes the racing part of it, it’s not that enjoyable if you’re tired. But just the event itself is always so well represented and I just love going to all the different races. Ja, I do have a little thing, I’ll race till I’m dead. But I think that’s not necessarily the cleverest way of going about it.

Mixing it up with all different kinds of events

BB: No, if you carry on like that, this might kill you, that’s probably not the best way to do it. You recently did an IMPI Challenge, I think it was your first one for a couple of years. You ended up winning the thing, that’s quite an interesting change as well, to again, it’s multi-sport, but it’s slightly different.

CVH: The IMPI Challenges are really nice. I must say, I really enjoy going to them. It’s a really good day out. I love trail running, I love getting into different nature scenes. You get to go to the reserves and the IMPI, what I enjoy about it is you sort of go and then you have to stop to get over this little obstacle. I get these little mini breaks which I usually need by the time I get to the next obstacle.

The organisers have really been very good at sticking to their values, keeping it, not simple, but keeping it manageable, obstacle-wise. That if you’re a good athlete, and overall athlete with upper body strength as well as lower body strength, you can get over the obstacles, which is really nice.

Love the Knysna Oyster Festival

BB: Carla, let’s talk about what’s on the cards for you because you’ve got quite a busy few months ahead. I think the last time I saw you was at the Knysna Oyster Festival a couple of years ago, at the Big Five. It’s an event that you love doing, it’s at an interesting time of the year. Because, I don’t want to say it’s in the off season, but it’s in the middle of winter.

It’s a fabulous event, if someone has never done it before, I’d really suggest it. The two runs particularly are very special. That Featherbed Trail Run is spectacular and then the Knysna Oyster Festival or the Knysna Marathon or half marathon is definitely one to do. You end up doing all five and you’ve been roped into doing all five again this year.

CVH: That’s true. I must say, it’s so difficult to stay away after you’ve been there and experienced the whole week. I think sometimes I promise myself I’m going to go out there and just enjoy it, but being really competitive.

Obviously we all go out as hard as possible. Each day I keep on telling myself, just go and enjoy it, just run and don’t put so much pressure on yourself. As competitors and professional athletes, we tend to always want to just go out as hard as possible. But I’ll definitely be going back to Oyster Festival this year.

I know Andrea Steyn who won the festival last year, she’s going back as well and maybe myself and her will link up a little bit and enjoy the week together. We’ve actually got this ASICS Beat the Sun race coming up, which I’m very privileged to be going to. It’s six South Africans going, well not six, actually the African team, there are six athletes. We’re going to go and race around Mont Blanc. It’s an opportunity, I literally cannot say no to.

The intrigue of Beat the Sun

BB: That race is quite interesting. We’ve chatted about it before here on the podcast to Dawid Visser actually. It’s going to be interesting to get someone else’s take on it. But it’s a wonderful opportunity and yes, it’s a marketing tool for ASICS, the running brand. But gee, from an athlete’s perspective, it must be pretty exciting to be part of a race like that. Tell us the mechanics of it, exactly how it works for someone who possibly hasn’t heard about it?

CVH: So, ASICS Beat the Sun is basically a race that ASICS Europe is putting on. It’s a race against the sun around the Ultra Trail Mont Blanc. So basically the event is on exactly the same trail as the ultra trail is run on. It’s in a sort of relay between the different continents.

We have six team members in every continent team. Then you have to beat the sun as in from sunrise to sunset, to get around the whole course. As well as then, there’s a little competition between obviously the different continents as well.

The sections are varied between 3km to about 30km and there’s 13 different sections. Then we’ll all be ending up running, I think, two sections and then one lucky or unlucky athlete needs to do three sections. I’ve looked at the different sections and I’ve seen the race that was last year and it looks absolutely spectacular. I also saw that the athletes were suffering quite a lot. If you’re not used to the uphill, but especially also the descending. It’s a lot of descending, as much as you’re climbing, you’re actually running downhill as well.

The European teams that I’ve seen, they’re very well adjusted to those descending. But I think that’s actually something that can get you more than you actually think. Basically the whole race will be based, we’ll be based in Chamonix and I’ve never been there. So I’m absolutely thrilled to be going there and just seeing those spectacular mountains.

BB: There are so many races, you talk about not being able to say no. There’s so many races, not just in South Africa, we’re so blessed here Carla. Just with the amount of races we’ve got access to. But globally, what are some of the ones on your list that you still want to tick off before you kick the bucket?

What races are still to be conquered?

CVH: As in South African races or international races?

BB: A bit of both.

CVH: There’s too many! That’s my problem at the moment. Luckily this year I did the Sani2c, which was one of the Bucket List mountain biking stage races that I really wanted to do. I got the opportunity to be racing that this year.

Then I think on the trail running side, stuff like the Otter and the Cape Town Ultra Marathon and mainly the off road. I’m not that interested really in the road running scene, I don’t think my knees and my hips are particularly well adjusted to road running.

On the off road, trail running scene, there’s so many mountain runs and just in KZN where I’m staying, there is really a lot of the trail runs. The multi-stage trail runs that I would really want to do. Even the Sky Run, even if I can’t do the long one, maybe even the shorter one.

Then Epic on the mountain biking scene and going back to XTERRA World Champs in Maui on the off road triathlon scene. Even the ultra runs in Europe, doing the ultra runs, I would love to be able to do it. That’s something I haven’t really delved into. I don’t know how my body will actually react to that. But then hopefully by the time I hit ultra running, I’ll be able to focus on just running instead of trying to spend time in the pool and on the bike.

I don’t know. I did the Cape Town Argus Cycle Tour this year, so that’s also a tick that I did. For the rest of the year though, I’ll be doing the ASICS race and then doing the Big Five and going to ITU Cross World Champs at the end of the year as well as doing the dual x that’s still up and coming. There’s still a lot of races coming up.

When will the time come to focus on one discipline?

BB: You’re obviously still loving the multi-sport side of things and keeping yourself busy with that, do you see yourself at some stage in your career, in the future, focusing on just one of them? Whether it be mountain biking or running or swimming or whatever it is? Do you see yourself as the years go by, you’re going to continue on the multi-sport trip?

CVH: I’ve sort of made up my mind to try and just start running next year. Obviously with being a multi-sport athlete, it takes such a lot of time if you want to do it at a high level. Becoming professional is almost the only choice I had if I really wanted to perform well and achieve a few of my smaller goals or bigger goals in triathlon and off road triathlon specifically.

Then maybe going into next year, we’re actually opening a little business in Hilton, so maybe I’ll have to go back to work a little bit or I’ll have to support my husband in the business. Then I thought of actually just focusing on trail running. I don’t know how long that’s going to stick though because I have FOMO of just missing out on all these amazing mountain bike rides that are around our area as well.

I’ve always had this thing that I would love to run and maybe see how well I can perform or just see how well my running can actually become if I only focus on that. Maybe next year you’ll see me at the Otter or a few of the bigger running races, I’m sort of trying to get my mind heading in that direction.

BB: Carla, I have to ask this, you live in KZN where Comrades Marathon was not that long ago. You’re a South African, I’m sure if I ask you this question, what are your memories of Comrades as a kid. You probably watched it, have you got any ambitions to maybe one day run that thing or is that, that’s just another level of crazy and I’m not interested?

CVH: I think I’m definitely interested in running the Comrades at a stage, but I think at the moment there’s so many off road road running that I would want to do first. Maybe if I have more distance on my legs and I start going on half marathons and marathons and see that I’m actually able to do it.

At this stage I don’t want to cause massive injury because my focus is more triathlon and I mean in an off road triathlon, you want to be able to run a fast 10km or a fast 15km. Speed-wise I still want to improve my speed a lot and I don’t really want to lose that now.

But I think it’s a confidence thing for me. I think once I get to run longer distances and see that it’s actually a possibility for me, ja, maybe I’ll definitely join the hoard of people getting there, going along the race to the coast. Maybe I’ll try the Up run before I go for the Down run though.

BB: I love it, Carla, best of luck, we look forward to seeing you out there. We love watching you race and ja, you’ve got lots on the cards. I don’t want to say rest well because you need to get some training in there at some stage, but all the best.

CVH: Thank you very much and ja, good luck to you and I hope to hear from you again.

 

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    CT Marathon just the tip for Tish JonesSouth African based Brit, Tish Jones had an incredible run at the Cape Town Marathon recently. She won the women’s race in 2:36:13. It was a huge PB, but marathon running remains new to Tish. She is an extremely versatile runner in general, and has a great tip for staying injury free. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 28 September 2016
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    Four Deserts not enough for David BarnardDo you remember David Barnard? If you don’t we caught up with him around completing his collection of the Four Desert races. His trip to the Atacama was like being on an other planet. However, that is not enough for David, there’s more to come, and it’s always for a good cause. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 26 September 2016
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    How running is part of Nolene Conrad’s fabricThere is no doubt that sport can make a real difference in peoples lives. Changing their destiny for ever. You don’t necessarily have to compete at an Olympic Games. It could just prove to be a catalyst towards higher education. We chat to Nolene Conrad on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. She has not only used her running as a personal catalyst, but is also helping others to do so. Continue reading 23 September 2016
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    Jeppe Girls – developing an athletics cultureWe chat to the headmistress of Jeppe Girls in Johannesburg, Dina Goncalves, on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Hear how this all girls schools has started to focus it’s attention not just on team sports, but also athletics. There is so much inspiration out there to help unearth talent. This is the real grassroots. Continue reading 21 September 2016
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    Jamie Marais’ Four Giants ChallengeJamie Marais is one tough cookie, but he has really set himself a massive task in his Four Giants Challenge. Born from an idea to both inspire South Africans and support the Sabrina Love Foundation; Jamie is step one of four into his challenge. We caught up with him on Old Mutual Live Running, just before he completed his first of the Four Giants. Continue reading 19 September 2016
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    Running is a great foundation for Adventure RacingHave you ever thought of trying your hand at adventure racing? The sound and appeal of it is incredible, but do you know what it actually entails? We hear from Lisa de Speville on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. She turned a love for running into a love for adventure racing; and tells us all about. Continue reading 16 September 2016
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    Horse riding + natural endurance = trail runnerWouldn’t it be nice to have a natural endurance? Few of us do, but some have. Marzelle van der Merwe is one of those people. Having ridden horses most of her life, may have been a great grounding for a trail running career; however you still can’t deny the natural endurance ability she has. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 14 September 2016
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    How to have your say as a runnerCornelius van Niekerk joins us on Old Mutual Live Running today. The Run Easy Running Clinic are currently conducting a survey, where they are finding out exactly what it is that runners want to know and what they want help with. Injury prevention and education is a big part of what they do; with the goal of keeping your going without the niggles. Continue reading 12 September 2016
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    Proud moment watching Dom Scott at the OlympicsWe chat to Ms. Scott senior on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, Renee. Having spoken to her daughter Dominique ahead of her participation in the Olympic Games 10 000m; today we hear from mum about the experience of having watched her race in Rio. Renee herself, was a phenomenal runner. Continue reading 09 September 2016
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    The PUFfer – an other feather in Nic de Beer’s capWe chat to veteran runner Nic de Beer on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Nic has 16 Comrades Marathon finishes under his belt, 11 of which were silver medal runs! Nic, who now bases himself in the Western Cape; had a big trail win recently. He walked away with the iconic title, of 2016 PUFfer champion! Continue reading 07 September 2016
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    Capturing a great running moment in timeWe catch up with adventure photographer Emma Gatland on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Em, shoots a lot of the Old Mutual Wild Series races, and has developed a great reputation for capturing the most incredible moments of those races. She talks more about it on this podcast, and gives you tips on how to improve your shooting skills during races. Continue reading 05 September 2016
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    Molebatsi Manzi – preparing for her marathon debut in SowetoWith the Old Mutual Soweto Marathon coming up soon, we have roped Molebatsi Manzi into tracking her progress. Roped is probably not the right word, as Batsi has become running mad since taking up the sport last year. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running; we hear about how she got into running, and her plan to step-up from the half to the marathon in 2016. Continue reading 02 September 2016
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    Hayley Preen – a young trail runner on the riseHayley Preen shares her story with us on Old Mutual Live Running today. This talented young trail runner recently represented South Africa at the Youth Sky Running World Championships. Still in school, Hayley is a serious talent; hear more about her rise into the trail running consciousness. Continue reading 31 August 2016
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    An Olympics to remember – Adri de Jongh-SchoemanOn the back of an incredible Olympic Games for Team South Africa we chat to former professional sprinter, Adri de Jongh-Schoeman. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, we not only hear her her thought son Rio, but how she has continued to enjoy her personal sprinting. Continue reading 29 August 2016
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    The revival of South African cross countryCross Country forms such an important role in the development of a run. It’s the starting block that we all go through at school. Some people use it as a springboard to athletic excellence, others just morph into recreational runners. Why there has been a dip in South African in recent times, we are seeing a revival. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 26 August 2016
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    Austin Smith – running his legs off on a hockey pitchWe are talking a less traditional running approach on Old Mutual Live Running today, as Brad Brown catches up with South African men’s hockey captain, Austin Smith. While the team sadly missed out on Rio selection, he is personally preparing for an other club season in the Netherlands; and doing the hard yards as Team SA works towards the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in the next two years. Continue reading 24 August 2016
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    Why you have to do the Soweto MarathonDanny Bloomberg will be your new Old Mutual Soweto Marathon race director this year. He is already fully entrenched and absorbed with the task ahead, as the whole organisation looks to put on an event to remember. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, hear why you don’t want to miss the 2016 Old Mutual Soweto Marathon. Continue reading 22 August 2016
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    58-year-old Lee Foulis tackles Mont-Aux-Sources ChallengeThe Old Mutual Wild Series continues in September, with one of its pinnacle events, the Mont-Aux-Sources Challenge. We catch up with 58-year-old Lee Foulis on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Not only will it be her first taste of the series, it’s going to be the furthest she’s ever run! Continue reading 19 August 2016
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    Owen Hannie – another running convertThe trend for former cycling pros to turn to the sport of running, continues. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, we chat to the latest of them, Owen Hannie. Who would have thought that this cycling TV presenter would take on running, and the Comrades dream? Continue reading 17 August 2016
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    2016 Old Mutual Soweto Marathon raising the barThe Old Mutual Soweto Marathon is set for a Grand Stand start and finish in 2016. We chat to the Executive Chairperson of the Soweto Marathon Trust, Sello Khanou; about this year’s race. Hear why have to be there, on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 15 August 2016
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    Hezekiel Sepeng – a South African Olympic pioneerHezekiel Sepeng is not only the holder of an Olympic medal, but he represented South Africa at three separate Olympics. The former 800m star now finds himself involved with Athletics South Africa. The Olympics also remains very close to his heart. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 12 August 2016
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    Managing Team SA’s track & field starsThere is a lot more to just rocking up in Rio and competeting at the Olympis. Support structures are needed behind the athletes. Pieter Lourens, from ASA is in Rio with Team SA, taking care of everything revolving around our track and field team. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 10 August 2016
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    We talk Rio 2016 with Matthew QuinnFormer South African sprinter, Matthew Quinn, joins us on Old Mutual Live Running today. With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games having got underway; we ask Matt what it’s like to represent your country on the biggest stage. We also look towards South Africa’s track and field prospects. Continue reading 08 August 2016
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    Dominique Scott-Efurd – ready to light up RioAs the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is set to officially get underway, we catch up with Dominique Scott-Efurd. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, we hear about her journey from school in the Western Cape to College in Arkansas. She is a young South African woman, who is developing into a seriously good runner. Continue reading 05 August 2016
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    Elroy Gelant – ready for the Olympic GamesElroy Gelant is set to represent South Africa in the 5000m at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He and Stephen Mokoka will be lining up against the likes of Mo Farah, and some of the best East Africa has to offer. It will be a great honour to give it a go and represent South Africa. Hear from Elroy on this episode of Old Mutual Live. Continue reading 03 August 2016
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    37-year-old institution – the Old Eds half marathonWe catch up with Old Eds Running Club chairperson Mark Mohring, on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. The running season sort of re-ignites on the Highveld, post-Comrades, with their race this weekend. It’s been around for some time, and while still in winter, gets a great turnout. Continue reading 01 August 2016
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    How Tumi Matlou got a chance to Beat the SunIt’s a sort of follow-up interview on Old Mutual Live Running today. Having heard about this year’s ASICS Beat the Sun race from Carla van Huyssteen; today we find out how it was to be there from Tumi Matlou. Tumi booked her place in the team by winning a competition. Continue reading 29 July 2016
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    From Comrades Marathon to KilimanjaroToday on Old Mutual Live Running, we chat to endurance lover and blogger Camilla Kearns. She completed her first Comrades Marathon in 2016, and has in recent years done a marathon on the back of an IronMan swim and bike. She is also part of a great adventure to race funds for Qhubeka, Joburg2Kili. Continue reading 27 July 2016
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    Flying the KZN flag at the Comrades MarathonFikile Mbuthumba stormed to a gold medal at the 2016 Comrades Marathon. It was her first in her 10th attempt. There is more to the story, as Fikile is a locally based runner. She continues to fly the KZN flag high, in a race that has her firmly hooked. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 25 July 2016
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    Seeing more while gaining knowledge – meet MarilizeMeet avid trail runner Marilize Raath. Based in Hermanus, Marilize is spoilt for trail running options. It forms a special place in her and her husband’s marriage. She has also been through a few Trail Labs. So on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, she shares those and many more experiences with us. Continue reading 22 July 2016
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    Arran Brown – from Cape Town Cycle Tour to ComradesFormer South African triple crown cycling champions Arran Brown joins us on Old Mutual Live Running today. Having taken some time off after his calling it quits as a professional cyclist, Arran found running as his new hobby. Not just any sort of running, Arran is now a Comrades Marathon runner. Continue reading 20 July 2016
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    Nicolette Griffioen – 5th for Team SA in SloveniaNicolette Griffioen recently ran in the green and gold. Not only that, she flew the flag high. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, hear how well Nicolette went at the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships. This multi-sport athlete shares this and more with us. Continue reading 18 July 2016
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    Christiaan Greyling – one part of trail running’s super coupleWe are blessed in this country with great trail running, and coupled with that some seriously talented trail runners. Talking about couples; Landie and Christiaan Greyling must be one of, or the most competitive trail running couples in the world. We catch up with Christiaan on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. He and Landie have recently returned from racing in Europe. Continue reading 15 July 2016
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    Trail Lab – you will not be let downJack Davis joins us on Old Mutual Live running today. Johannesburg based, Jack has made the transition from road running, to predominantly trail. He talks us through some awesome off road options in and around Jo’burg; while also telling us about his brainchild, Trail Lab. Continue reading 13 July 2016
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    From Old Mutual Kruger2Canyon to Wolkberg Trail RunWith the second edition of the Old Mutual Kruger2Canyon having taken place recently, we catch up with participant Craig Carolan. There were some changes in 2016, so how did they go? Craig is the headmasters at a school near Magoebaskloof in Limpopo. Adventurous by nature, they also put on their own event, called the Clemengold Wolkberg Trail Run. Continue reading 11 July 2016
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    Sport Science Institute of South Africa – a continuing forceFor average runners and professionals alike, the Sport Science Institute of South Africa remains one of the countries grandest centres. You will find very few fitness inclined people across South Africa, who won’t know of the institute. We hear form Prof Andrew Bosch on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running; as they continue to promote helping all levels of runner. Continue reading 08 July 2016
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    Prime – the go to facility for Elite athletes in DurbanOver a 130 Elite athletes, along with the likes of the Dolphins cricket team and AmaZulu FC, use the Prime Human Performance Institute in Durban. This is where KZN’s Elite go to train! We catch up with Dennis Jackson on this episode of Old Mutual Live running; to find out more about it’s origins, facilities and wide spectrum of training options. Continue reading 06 July 2016
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    HPC – a World Class facility in the heart of our capitalSouth Africa is blessed to have some private facilities that are taking great strides in helping to develop and grow our sporting talent. The High Performance Centre in Pretoria is just one of them. Head of Sports Science, Shona Hendricks joins us on Old Mutual Live Running today. The HPC doesn’t just focus on Elites, a lot goes into development. Continue reading 04 July 2016
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    Boxer AC – helping South African athletes to growWe are very blessed in South Africa, to have some clubs who are really supportive of their athletes. The running scene in South Africa needs all the support it can get; to keep on unearthing and producing potential international stars. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running; we chat to Rhyn Swanepoel, the Boxer Athletic Club Elite Team manager, about his squad. Continue reading 01 July 2016
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    Carla van Huyssteen – a sucker for punishmentWe catch up with multi-sport athlete Carla van Huyssteen on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. She is an extremely versatile athlete, but running is really a strength of hers. That versatility sees her do some remarkable races; hear more on this podcast. Continue reading 29 June 2016
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    Christine Kalmer – full-time job & Olympic qualificationChristine Kalmer is off to the Olympic Games in Rio, following in the footsteps of her sister René. In this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, we catch up with her on the achievement, and the preparations. Did you know she has achieved all of this with a full-time job? Continue reading 27 June 2016
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    Lusapho April – going to Rio to try medalFour-years is a long time to wait for an Olympian, especially if things didn’t quite go according to plan previously. Lusapho April will head to Rio 2016 for his second Olympic Games; as South African’s fastest qualifier, and with tons more experience. Hear how this goal driven and dedicated runner has done everything in his power to peak come the Olympic Marathon. Continue reading 24 June 2016
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    An uncertain step – Marc MundellMarc Mundell has been at the forefront of race walking for some time. The African record holder is extremely passionate and dedicated, it’s seen him represent South Africa at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Marc, has qualified for Rio 2016 multiple times, but still doesn’t know if he is going. It’s a frustration many athletes endure and it makes preparation extremely difficult. Continue reading 22 June 2016
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    Deon Braun – what trail running does for conservationWe catch up with Deon Braun on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. The editor of Trail Magazine, has his finger on the pulse of all things associated with the sport. We are truly spoilt in South Africa, and it’s only getting better. A big plus is what events like the Old Mutual Wild Series, are doing for conservation. Continue reading 20 June 2016
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    Hitting the Wall – how to mentally recoverPaula Quinsee joins us on Old Mutual Live Running today. With plenty of Comrades Marathon running in the bank; Quinsee had put together a motivational programme on hitting the wall, especially for runners. It’s a hard space to be in when you get there. So how can you mentally prepare yourself for this running dark space? Continue reading 17 June 2016
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    Rio 2016 – Irvette van Zyl’s journey to the OlympicsIrvette van Zyl booked her place in the Rio 2016 marathon squad by virtue of having run the fastest qualifier. This time last year she was pregnant, but she’s come back amazingly following giving birth. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running we hear how qualification was secured; and how do you build-up to an Olympics. Continue reading 15 June 2016
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    Wes Botton talks us through Team SA’s Rio 2016 chancesThe Rio Olympic Games are fast approaching. There have been some encouraging signs over the last year, as to potential South Africa success on the grandest scale. Acclaimed athletics and running journo Wesley Botton joins us on Old Mutual Live Running today; to look at our prospects. Continue reading 13 June 2016
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    RAC – A Johannesburg and Comrades pacesetterRAC have been entrenched in Johannesburg and Comrades Marathon running for as long as we can remember. The years of Bruce Fordyce running in the kit is long in the memory of Comrades Marathon fans and runners alike. As far as Comrades goes, there is no bigger club by numbers. But RAC are not only about Comrades; hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 10 June 2016
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    Wheelchair runner, Chaeli Mycroft’s Comrades Marathon experienceHistory was made at the 2016 Comrades Marathon, as Chaeli Mycroft along with Anita Englebrecht, and their guides, completed the race. In doing so, they not only became the first wheelchair runners to enter, but also finish. Having caught up with Engelbrecht pre-race, we thought we would hear from Mycroft on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running; on what the experience was like. Continue reading 08 June 2016
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    Comrades Marathon dream realised for Charne BosmanThe 2016 Comrades Marathon will long be remembered for Charné Bosman finally achieving her goal. Having run her own race, Bosman came storming past a blown Caroline Wostmann in the closing kilometres. On this episode of Old Mutual Live Running, we chat to the Comrades Marathon champion. Continue reading 06 June 2016
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    Westville AC – a KZN running institutionKwazulu-Natal running clubs don’t get much bigger than this. Westville Athletic Club has been around since the early 70ies, and continues to be one of the provinces leading clubs. Naturally a club with a big Comrades Marathon history, they were born out of the boot of a car. Hear more on this episode of Old Mutual Live Running. Continue reading 03 June 2016
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    How to win a Comrades Marathon Gold MedalOnly one person can win the Comrades Marathon every year; but a Comrades Gold Medal is an ambition attainable for more. Thuso Moseai from Arthur Ford Running Club knows what it takes to win a gold, a great achievement in it’s own right. So on Old Mutual Live Running today we hear what it takes to become a Comrades Gold Medallist. Continue reading 01 June 2016
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    How to handle your Comrades Marathon recoveryDid you run the Comrades Marathon yesterday? If so, in all likelihood you are feeling a little tender! The Down run in particular can be very hard on the body. Today on Old Mutual Live Running, we have got your back. Renowned Sports Physician, Jon Patricios joins us to talk post-Comrades Recovery. Continue reading 30 May 2016
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    The Old Mutual Wild Series with Andrew BoothOn day two of the Comrades Marathon 2016 we caught up with the race director of the Old Mutual Wild Series Andrew Booth. Andrew shares his passion for trail running and delves into the 4 races in the Wild Series. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    Runner’s World South Africa Editor Mike FinchDavid Katz caught up with the editor of Runner’s World South Africa Mike Finch on day 1 of the Comrades Marathon expo in Durban. Mike shares his passion for running with our audience on Old Mutual Live. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    The King of Comrades Bruce FordyceOn this edition of Old Mutual Live Ian Laxton catches up with the 9 time winner of the Comrades Marathon Bruce Fordyce. As always Bruce shares a few nuggets that every Comrades runner should hear. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    Defending Comrades Marathon Champion Caroline WostmannJoining us live on day 2 of the 2016 Comrades Marathon expo is the defending Comrades Marathon ladies champion Caroline Wostmann. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    The Enthusiastic Rosie Mitchell going for her back to backRosie Mitchell, who lives in Harare in Zimbabwe, is back for her second Comrades Marathon in 2016. She chatted to Jeff Ayliffe about her preparation in the build up to this year’s race and her quest to pick up her back to back medal. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    Running in the Comrades FamilyThe Comrades Marathon experience runs through the fabric of many families and for Kim Stephens it is no different. Kim grew up in a Comrades family having a Dad who has a green number. This is her journey to running in her Dad’s permanent number. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    Breast Cancer Survivor Teresa Wilson runs Comrades for PinkDriveThere are a many incredible stories that get shared at the Comrades Marathon every year and we are super lucky share this one. Teresa Wilson beat breast cancer and this is her amazing story. Continue reading 27 May 2016
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    Gina and Shane HenchcliffeMarried couple Gina and Shane are going for 50 medals between them in 2016. This is their incredible story.