Walker never quits

2019-07-23 06:25
Vernon Sture (70) says he never takes a bus or taxi when going anywhere unless it’s extremely far. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Vernon Sture (70) says he never takes a bus or taxi when going anywhere unless it’s extremely far. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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All he wants is to be healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle – a gospel he wishes to preach to his neighbours and residents in general.

To keep healthy, Vernon Sture (70) from Hanover Park has been participating in walks for more than 30 years.

Vernon is a pensioner who is married to a working wife, Madeline Sture, whom he describes as supportive of his passion for walking.

He says he started walking after he was inspired by Okie Van Sence, a resident, who passed away.

“He was a great guy who was also a great dancer,” he said.

In his many years of walking, Vernon reveals the secret to staying on top has been taking exercise very seriously.

The secret strategy starts even before he participates in any walking event.

“I walk for a month when I prepare, then rest a week before the actual event,” he shares.

He mostly does charity walks because the cause is always good, he says.

Even though he has won several charity walk competitions, for him it is not about the prizes.

The pint-sized walker has a pool of medals and certificates which he has collected from various walks that he has taken part in.

He is quick to add that those are more for reminders and memories.

He says he is doing it all for his health and to promote the idea of keeping healthy at any age. “I do not smoke, I have never smoked and I do not believe in smoking. I also do not drink alcohol,” he says.

He also does not take any medication and has never suffered any major illnesses.

“I do not believe in medication – if I have a headache I just sleep it off. The following morning it will be gone,” he shares.

The father of eight says he is blessed to have children who are supportive of what he does even though it does not necessarily bring food home.

“They help me with refreshments when I am doing a walk,” he shares.

He is currently preparing for Blisters For Bread 10km walk that will be taking place in August.

He says he has no intentions of stopping, not anytime soon.

His daughter Sheena Shevon Sture (28) says her father is an inspiration, not only at home but in the community.

Sheena divulges that at home he plays both roles, of a mother and father, quite beautifully.

Sheena says they support their father’s passion as best they can.

According to Sheena, her father never misses any walk.

“He is a crazy walker, I do not know when I will join him because he is very fast,” she says giggling.

Life in Hanover Park is very hectic and sometimes, as the family, they worry about their father when he has to leave early for a walk.

“You need to watch your back – it is even hard to walk in your own town,” she says, referring to dangers they face in the area.

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