First Comrades for Gillitts athlete

2017-06-06 06:01
 Photo: SuppliedJonathan Edwards is tackling his first Comrades this year.

Photo: SuppliedJonathan Edwards is tackling his first Comrades this year.

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GILLITTS dad, Jonathan Edwards, is looking forward to his first Comrades run this year. For the 40-year-old father of two, preparation for the race has been intensive with running over 2 000km this year

He said he got into running, much to his wife Leigh-Anne’s dismay.

“I started running seriously when my daughter was born eight years ago. I guess I felt I had to do something more with my life and had always been reasonably fit and active.

“A friend of Leigh-Anne's, Karen Bishop introduced me to club running initially so I guess she is partly to blame. I am very excited to participate in my first Comrades.”

Edwards said he generally goes through various mind-sets when running a race, ranging from “this is awesome” to “why am I doing this again?” as well going over problems and or ideas for work or home.

He said after reading Bob Delamotte’s book Runaway Comrade he was inspired to give this year’s Comrades a go.

Some of his other role models include Shaun Meiklejohn and Bruce Fordyce.

“Watching him as a kid we all thought we could win it like him,” said Edwards.

Describing himself as dedicated, Edwards said one of his greatest achievements with running was his 2:30 at the Cape Town Marathon.

He thanked his wife and children for their support and offered advice to the youth.

“Get out there and get running, nothing is more empowering than completing your first race whatever the distance and the continued improvement you see is a real confidence booster.”

When not running, Edwards can be found working as a chemical plant manager or looking after his family.


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