One on one with avid PMB runner

2016-11-09 06:01
PHOTO: Supplied Trish Botton, will be participating in the upcoming Edendale Race this weekend.

PHOTO: Supplied Trish Botton, will be participating in the upcoming Edendale Race this weekend.

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TRISH Botton can be seen nearly every day running the streets of Pietermaritzburg and keeping fit and healthy.

She has five Comrades Marathon finishes under her belt as well as a string of other road-running medals.

Botton will once again participate in the 10th anniversary running of the Comrades CSI initiative, the Greater Edendale Race on Sunday, 13 November.

Botton says that running not only keeps her at the top of her game, but it stimulates her mind, keeps her feeling good and exposes her to the joys and satisfaction of running with like-minded people who get to see a bit more of their world through the sport of their choice.

She talks to Delaine Cools from Comrades Marathon Association about why she loves running this community attraction and why she will keep coming back to enjoy the annual road-running event.

DC: Why do you like the Greater Edendale Race?

TB: I believe in supporting local races and love the vibe out on the road. It also attracts runners from all walks of life and makes an enjoyable day in the great outdoors.

DC: How many times have you run this race?

TB: I think I have done this race six times. Each race has ensured a day of great running and lots of fun.

DC: Tell us about the vibe.

TB: The vibe at the start and along the way is awesome. The marshals along the way always support and encourage the runners. There is support from the start until the end.
Residents in the area really get into the vibe. Some, who run along next to you just for the fun of it, adds to the excitement and brings smiles.

DC: Tell us about the five kilometre race?

TB: It is the biggest five kilometre I have ever seen. The children just love it. The stream of finishers is endless. I think every child stays until the end.

Watching them during the prize giving and the excitement of the awesome­ spot prizes they win is a delight.

DC: Do you have anything special to add?

TB: The entry fee is extremely reasonable and affordable and you get a T-shirt and a medal at the end.

DC: What does this race do for the community?

TB: I think the race is good for the community and encourages children to take up the sport. From the look of things, it unites the community and gets everyone involved.

DC: Does it inspire the older generation?

TB: With the amount of children who do this race and watching older people running the 10km it can only encourage the older generation to realise that no matter how old you are you can do this race.

DC: What do you think of the race facilities?

TB: It would be nice to be able to buy something to drink after the race.

DC: Any last words?

TB: I will be at the 10th running of this event and know it will be a huge success.

- Supplied

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