‘Spirit of Comrades’ overwhelms

2016-06-14 06:00

MY friend and gardener for many years, Jabulani Mkhize of Kearsney Striders, has just completed his 18th Comrades Marathon, which in itself is a staggering achievement.

Seeing him run through Umlaas Road and then Inchanga, I had a long and anxious wait at the Everton Bridge.

Mkhize had been going superbly up until Hillcrest Toyota, at which point his shoes disintegrated – so much so that they had to be cut off his feet. At that point he thought his race was over, a devastating possibility after so much effort and training.

But it was not to be because a total stranger, a spectator from Hillcrest called Peter, took off his own shoes and gave them to Mkhize, who went on to finish very comfortably in Durban.
It was this random act of kindness - to go barefoot and allow a stranger to reach his dream - that reflects what a unifying and inspiring race the marathon is - truly a race of comrades.

And so to Peter from Hillcrest, and all the others like him, who supported, helped and cheered, on behalf of Mkhize and those that love the spirit of the Comrades - runners and spectators alike - I salute you.

Sean Knox

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