Capetonians make their way to PMB by foot or pedal

2015-05-19 09:21
John McInroy, Stan le Brun (support crew) and Robert ‘Brundle’ le Brun at their halfway mark just outside Pearston en route to Cradock.

John McInroy, Stan le Brun (support crew) and Robert ‘Brundle’ le Brun at their halfway mark just outside Pearston en route to Cradock. (Supplied)

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BY foot or by pedal, a group of enthusiastic Capetonian cyclists and road runners making their way from Cape Town, will arrive in Pietermaritzburg in two weeks. If this gruelling journey was not enough, they will then run the Comrades Marathon the very next day — all in the name of fundraising.

John McInroy and Robert le Brun started their journey on foot on May 1 while the cyclists, known by their group name of Unogwaja (rabbit), will leave the Cape on May 20.

The fast-stepping duo walked 800 km and raised more than R1 million in 15 days. All funds raised will be distributed to six charities: The Pink Drive, Community Chest South Africa, The Sports Trust, Wildlands Conservation Trust, Starfish Foundation and World Vision.

“Spirits soared and flags were raised just outside Pearston en route to Cradock on Friday as the foot journey team celebrated over 800 km completed over a 15-day period. Having made it this far is an enormous achievement and the support along the way has been overwhelming and humbling,” said Msunduzi Municipality spokesperson Nqobile Madonda.

The walking and cycling group will meet in the City of Choice on May 30 and will then run the Comrades Marathon on May 31.

“On the last kilometre of their journey, from Kershaw Park to the city hall, we as the Msunduzi Municipality will be accompanying the team, together with fellow council members and schoolchildren, and also extend an invitation to our citizens. We want to mobilise as many people as possible. Therefore, if you live in the towns and villages from Matatiele to Maritzburg, you can meet them as they wander in or out of your town. Or wave at them from your farm gate, whatever, but be a part of uniting South Africa.” said Madonda

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