Charity: Trio jog from Pmb to Dbn, and back

2013-06-04 00:00

GUY Allen, Adrian Saffy and Mike De Haast can afford to put their feet up and relax. They can proudly reflect on their Comrades weekend and definitely join the ranks of those who can say they came, saw and conquered.

Allen crossed the line in 9:41.04, Saffy in 11:30.47 and De Haast in 11:43.26.

The trio raised money for breast cancer and took on their first Comrades in pink bodysuits.

Their quest had started a few days earlier when they joined a bunch of trail runners at midnight on Friday, to run, jog and walk the Dusi route to Durban, in the dark and beyond.

Said Allen: “We started from the Golden Horse Casino in Scottsville …”

The journey went well, taking about 18 hours before reaching Durban at 6.30 pm on Saturday. “There were no mishaps and we all arrived in one piece and all still together. We missed the odd path here and there but soon found them again …” said Allen.

Then Sunday dawned and the big haul to Pietermaritzburg lay ahead. Surprisingly, Allen enjoyed his maiden run, finishing well within the 12-hour cut-off.

He said he was glad it’s over but is considering a comeback next year. Saffy and De Haast were also happy and comfortable with their run and were also considering a 2014 comeback.

On the fundraising front, as of Friday, the trio had exceeded all expectations and had R115 000 to their credit with more to come.

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