Focused: PMB runner finishes at number four

2010-05-31 00:00

HARD work and dedication paid off for Pietermaritzburg runner Bongmusa Mthembu, who came fourth.

Mthembu, from Bisley, told The Witness that his plan to stay focused on the race was the major factor behind his success.

“The race was tough, but I knew in my head that I would overcome all obstacles. There was never a time where I felt like giving up,” he said.

Mthembu said he had trained along the route and didn’t experience any problems.

“Cowies Hill does bug me. However, I stayed focused on my goal and got through fine. The crowds did a great job cheering runners on. They kept me going,” he said.

He said he experienced cramps along the way, but continued running.

“All runners experience some sort of cramping. I had mine and decided that I wouldn’t think about it, but rather focus on the finish line,” he added.

Mthembu said that he is proud of himself for doing so well and will train even harder for next year’s race.

“Running is my life. I want to train more so I can be the best runner in the country. Nothing makes me happier than running,” he added.

Mthembu did not have any immediate plans to celebrate, but said his family will definitely throw a party.

“When I was running, I thought of them and how much I love them. I did it for them, so I think it’s appropriate for us to celebrate together,” he said.

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