Our own doc flies flag high

2015-11-19 06:00
Dr David Crombie, at the Home From Home crèche in Khayelitsha where he recently completed a 10km training run as part of his preparation to complete the world’s first solo run from the ancient ruins of Chichén Itzá, across 1000kms of rugged Yucatan P

Dr David Crombie, at the Home From Home crèche in Khayelitsha where he recently completed a 10km training run as part of his preparation to complete the world’s first solo run from the ancient ruins of Chichén Itzá, across 1000kms of rugged Yucatan P

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In an epic journey of strength and endurance, South African extreme athlete, Dr David Crombie, flew out to Mexico last week to complete the world’s first solo run from the ancient ruins of Chichén Itzá, across 1000kms of rugged Yucatan Peninsula.

Dr Crombie is no stranger to incredible feats of endurance- over the past nine years he has successfully completed four major events–the Himalayas 100 miler in India and Nepal in 2007, the 220km Amazon Jungle Marathon in 2008, the Kalahari Augrabies 250km desert race in 2009 and the trans-country 2,604km Mekong River Run in 2012. Through David’s Endurance Challenge Charity Trust the purpose of these gruelling challenges is to raise awareness and funds in support of Home From Home.

Home From Home is a registered Child Protection Organisation and cluster foster care scheme that provides supported and supervised community-based foster care for orphaned, abused, neglected and vulnerable children through a network of small family homes in the Western Cape.

David is passionate about the organisation and is using his latest extreme endurance challenge to continue his efforts to highlight the difficulties faced by these children and to ensure that Home From Home can continue to support them into adulthood.

Says Pippa Shaper, director of Home From Home; “David Crombie is an inspiration. Having fought battles with his health, he continues to selflessly think of others and put himself through extraordinary feats of endurance to raise awareness about the plight of South Africa’s vulnerable children. We wish David all the luck and strength in the world for this upcoming Mayan adventure.”

The race, which started on 12 November , will take a total of 23 running days and three rest days.

For the first 350km David will run unassisted an average of 50km a day for seven days to reach Edzna.

The rest of the route he will be seconded by friend Claudia Chennells and run 16 full 42km marathons, with one rest day in Calakmul and one in Tulum, finishing in Chichén Itzá.

Chennells is fluent in Spanish and as David’s support crew will act as translator, helping him navigate the many unknowns that could occur on this exciting journey.

Despite the fact that he is a cancer survivor who underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2011, David is determined to complete this epic adventure through Mayan history.

As part of the preparation for his journey, David did a 10km training run in Khayeltisha, which took him past many of the Home From Home houses.

It was the perfect opportunity for David to meet some of the children and for them to spend time with this athlete who is running to raise money for them.

“Every day when I am running, I will be thinking how lucky I am, despite my health, to be making these dreams a reality and for such a worthy cause.”

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