Cyclists spread hope on epic journey

2014-05-24 00:00

A TEAM of cyclists have embarked on an epic journey of more than 1 500 km from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg, all in the name of charity.

The 12 cyclists are participating in the fourth Unogwaja Challenge, an epic 1 660 kilometre 11-day journey from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg where they will also participate in the Comrades Marathon; they began their cycle at around 4 am on Thursday.

They are expected to arrive in Pietermaritzburg on May 31 and will participate in the Comrades Marathon on June 1.

Unogwaja, which means “hare” in Zulu, supports among others the Amabeadibeadi Charities (Official Comrades charities) which include global humanitarian and advocacy group World Vision SA.

National director of World Vision, Paula Barnard said, “It was a beautiful and exciting morning and we’re thrilled to form part of the Unogwaja Challenge, which has already raised so much awareness and funds for charitable causes across the country. It spreads the message of hope all the way from Cape Town to Durban.”

The 12 Unogwajas ride and run in the footsteps of Phil Masterton-Smith who couldn’t afford the train fare to the Comrades Marathon 1933 and decided to cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg.

Masterson-Smith finished 10th in the race and was nicknamed “Unogwaja”. He died during in World War 2 but his legacy lives on.

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