Tumour survivor runs again

2011-05-24 00:00

RIEKE Findlay will be running her second Comrades Marathon this year, after having a brain tumour removed two years ago.

Discovering the tumour came as “quite a shock”, Findlay said.

“Running helped me through the difficult patches in my life.

“Running keeps me positive.”

Being fit and healthy has helped Findlay to recover much faster than other patients, although she has no feeling in her face.

But, said the 54-year-old, “life must go on, hey, whether it’s with or without you.”

Findlay and her husband, Anthony, decided to compete in the Comrades after completing the Longest Day walk over 80 km.

Having always preferred walking, Findlay says she will probably go back to walking after this year’s Comrades, as there are aspects of the race that she doesn’t enjoy.

“It’s horrific,” says Findlay of the 87-kilometre race.

“It’s so crowded, especially the start.”

And there were times when she was ready to give up and go home.

“My husband is great. He stuck with me the whole way.”

Even when she wanted to give up, she said, he encouraged her.

Findlay hasn’t set any goals for this year.

“It’s all about the day. You mayhave a bad day with your legs or your emotions — you may be tired and you don’t want to continue.”

She trains with the Natal Carbineers Athletic Club four or five times a week, with longer training runs at the weekends.

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