Hotlegs has a big heart

2017-11-02 06:00
Maxwell receiving his Foot of Africa Marathon      permanent number from Dries Britz after having ran that race for 10 years.       His personal bests read as follow: 10km – 30.25  15km – 47.15 21km - 66 min 42 km - 2:20PHOTO: supplied

Maxwell receiving his Foot of Africa Marathon permanent number from Dries Britz after having ran that race for 10 years. His personal bests read as follow: 10km – 30.25 15km – 47.15 21km - 66 min 42 km - 2:20PHOTO: supplied

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“Running is a remedy for almost everything in life”!

That is the advice from the legendary long distance runner Maxwell “Hotlegs” Godloza from Khayelitsa.

As a youngster at ID Mkhize High School in Gugulethu, Godloza, fondly known in the running fraternity as “Hotlegs” participated in middle distance races, but he didn’t take it very seriously at the time.

After school he took up the sport of martial arts, but he felt that he picked up a bit of too much weight and decided to start running.

He started doing short distances, running 10km to 15km and eventually half marathons.

“Initially I was scared to do a marathon (42,2km) because I felt it was way too far. My mentor Gary van Rooyen at Fish Hoek Athletic club convinced me to train for my first marathon which was the Peninsula Marathon which I finished in a time of 2 hours and 56 minutes in my first attempt.

“I realised that a have a bit of running talent and decided to improve my shorter distances and marathon times.

At the time professor Tim Noakes assisted me with my training and I improved my time to 2:32 at the Rooibos marathon. Trevor Walle from Fish Hoek also played a big role in my development. I eventually became an honorary life member of the Fish Hoek Athletic Club.

Godloza has achieved many accolades in his long and illustrious career.

“For three years I was crowned the Western Province Marathon Champion. I improved my Peninsula Marathon time to 2:23. My best time is 2:20 which I set at the SA Marathon Championships in Durban.”

Besides all these achievements in his younger days, Godloza has never lost his passion for the sport. Over all the years he has become an institution on the local road running scene. He stills runs every day and is training as hard as ever.

Earlier this year in on Easter Saturday in April, he completed his 30th Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon. He was awarded with a triple Green number for this remarkable achievement. Besides the Two Oceans, he also completed eight Comrades Marathons with a best time of 6 hours and 45 minutes which earned him a silver medal.

Three week ago he was awarded his permanent number at the gruelling Foot of Africa Marathon. This marathon is widely regarded as the toughest marathon in Africa. He has won the Red Hill marathon thrice in his career and also boasts two wins in the Peninsula marathon.

Even though he is now close to 60 years old, he is still able to run fast times. On Saturday he finished the Elsies River 10km League race in a superb time of 44 minutes. He is hoping to start running competitively in the Masters category when he reaches the age of 60.

He is currently a member of Central Athletics Club - one of the fastest growing clubs in Cape Town. Godloza is a running shoe specialist has loads of experience. He is willing to share all that knowledge with anyone who interested in taking up the sport.

“I have learnt over the years that running is a remedy for a lot of the social ills that life can throw at you. Besides the obvious health benefits that goes along with the sport, it is especially a great outlet for youngsters to get them away from the scourge of alcohol and drugs. It is positive way of life and it is for that reason that I would urge people to take up the sport. I have made lifelong friends through the sport of running and it is a great way to meet new people and socialise,” he added. All those who want to get started with a beginners programme are most welcome to join Godloza free of charge at the track at the Mandela Park Stadium on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 17:30. Contact Maxwell Godloza on 0604575145 for more information.

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