‘Spirit of Comrades’ overwhelms

2016-06-14 06:00

MY friend and gardener for many years, Jabulani Mkhize of Kearsney Striders, has just completed his 18th Comrades Marathon, which in itself is a staggering achievement.

Seeing him run through Umlaas Road and then Inchanga, I had a long and anxious wait at the Everton Bridge.

Mkhize had been going superbly up until Hillcrest Toyota, at which point his shoes disintegrated – so much so that they had to be cut off his feet. At that point he thought his race was over, a devastating possibility after so much effort and training.

But it was not to be because a total stranger, a spectator from Hillcrest called Peter, took off his own shoes and gave them to Mkhize, who went on to finish very comfortably in Durban.
It was this random act of kindness - to go barefoot and allow a stranger to reach his dream - that reflects what a unifying and inspiring race the marathon is - truly a race of comrades.

And so to Peter from Hillcrest, and all the others like him, who supported, helped and cheered, on behalf of Mkhize and those that love the spirit of the Comrades - runners and spectators alike - I salute you.

Sean Knox

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Jordaan missing in action

2016-09-25 00:00

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.