Event: Comrades Marathon 2020
Date: Sunday, 14 June 2020
Fundraising target: R15000
In February 2019 my 7 year old son, Martin, was diagnosed with moderate to severe hearing loss in the higher frequencies. A week later he received his first set of hearing aids. There are other children that are not as lucky as Martin and I would like to use my running to highlight the challenges that they face.
The Comrades Marathon has always been a race that I wanted to run. After a 16 year break from running I decided to start again specifically with the Comrades Marathon in mind. My chance came in 2016 when I moved from Marshstrand to Gonubie.
I have run 2 Comrades Marathons, one “up-run” and one “down-run”. Both years were hampered by injuries, a glute and then a lower shin injury in 2017 and peroneal tendinopathy of the right foot in 2018. In 2017 I had a good run, even with the injury, and finished in 7 hours 47 minutes. The down-run in 2018 was an absolute disaster. My injury prevented me from training for part of April and all of May. Even though I was not able to run, I cycled every day, hoping that I would at least be able to maintain my fitness. I decided to run Comrades anyway and finished in 9 hours 43 minutes. I went through Drummond (44.27km) in 3:40:43 but because of starting so fast and lack of training I was reduced to walking the last 23km. I ended up in high care for 4 days with 30% liver and kidney function.
This year the running is going really well. I trained for the Buffs Marathon and finished in 2 hours 49 minutes which for me is a new personal best and reached my aim of running just under 100km/week. I took a week break after Buffs to recover, just doing a few short slow runs, and then gradually picked up again over the next two weeks. I have since started my 7 week intensive training period in preparation for Comrades 2019. My aim is to pick up my weekly mileage to 150km/week, running 2 long runs of 55-65km and my other Sunday long runs between 35km and 45km. If I can maintain my level of training and all goes to plan I believe I will be able to finish Comrades this year in a sub-7 hour time.
Please sponsor me to run Comrades 2019 for the Carel du Toit centre in East London. Every cent will assist them in their mission to teach pre-school deaf children to speak in the hearing world.
|Lyndall Marlow||Thank you for running for Carel du Toit East London! Wishing you all the best for Comrades.||15-Apr-2019||100.00|
|Libby Sharpe||Good Luck Rob! Jeff says please don’t do what you did to us last year, you scared us all!! I know this year you will do brilliantly, your hard work will all pay off. Looking forward to following you on my phone again. Much love xxx||16-Apr-2019||500.00|
|Martin and Jorja Petschel||Go pappa go!!!||19-Apr-2019||200.00|
|Claire Trent||All the best Rob! Will be watching you on the app.||20-Apr-2019||300.00|
|JHB Petschels||Have good run Robbie||25-Apr-2019||1,500.00|
|Marion and Derek Trent||Wish you all the best Robbie||26-Apr-2019||1,000.00|
|Bernhard Petschel||You got this!!! Go go go! Well done my son.||26-Apr-2019||1,000.00|
|Owen & Michele Nel||Best wishes Rob!||27-Apr-2019||200.00|
|Cecil and Elsje Rautenbach||Don't worry, the Lord will pick your feet up.... you just put them down.||06-May-2019||100.00|
|Céline de villiers||Well done for all your efforts!!! We need more people like you in this world! Run forest, Run 💕||06-May-2019||400.00|
|Johan en Sannie Gaybba||Ons weet jy kan dit doen, vertrou daardie voet sal jou nie in die steek laat nie. If you can come in under 6 hours 45 minutes.... we will give you another R500!!!||09-May-2019||500.00|
|Sarah Petschel||I'll be with you in spirit, every step of the way! May you have wings on your heels. Love always Mum||10-May-2019||500.00|
|Gonubie Harriers Running Club||Good luck Rob! We will all be cheering for you. If you manage a sub 7 we will double our donation. :) From all of the Gonubie Harriers.||14-May-2019||1,000.00|
|Kevin & Jenny Marlow||Great run for a fantastic organisation!||15-May-2019||500.00|
|Samantha Gay||All the best for your 87km journey! Your efforts to raise money for CdT are truly admirable!||16-May-2019||200.00|
|Kingsley Kingon||Good luck, Robert||21-May-2019||200.00|
|David and Heidi Coetzer||Robert, thank you for supporting the Carel du Toit, East London. Best of luck for your run!||22-May-2019||2,000.00|
|Lara||Good luck- thank you for fundraising efforts for such a good cause!||23-May-2019||200.00|
|Melanie Kumm||What a worthy cause! Thank you for doing this, Robert - have a fantastic run!||24-May-2019||200.00|
|Anon||Enjoy your race - and thank you for using this opportunity to make a difference.||27-May-2019||100.00|
|Eileen Mackintosh||You have inspired me to make a donation to this worthy cause. Hope your run is perfect!||28-May-2019||100.00|
|The Kumm’s||All of the best for the race and thanks so much for loving the kids of the Carel Du Toit in this way. Looking forward to hearing about your sub 7! We pray you finish with a smile. God bless from the Kumm’s||30-May-2019||200.00|
|Christine Noble||Wishing you all the best in your most generous charity run.||31-May-2019||300.00|
|Heloise Uys||Enjoy your fundraising goal...and the run!!||31-May-2019||500.00|
|Dennis Jenkinson||Dear Robert, best wishes for your Comrades.. Hope all goes well and I will be in touch again.||03-Jun-2019||100.00|
|Lynette||All the best Robert!||05-Jun-2019||200.00|
|Louise||Good Luck Robert!||05-Jun-2019||100.00|
|Liz Goosen - Heart Core Body Pilates||Something small from the heart. You got this!||05-Jun-2019||200.00|
|Graham Petschel||Rather you than me! Good luck!||05-Jun-2019||1,000.00|
|Liz Bruce||Know you are blessed just able to be at the start line!||05-Jun-2019||200.00|
|Shannon Coetzer||Thank you so much for supporting the CDT. Good luck for Sunday!||06-Jun-2019||900.00|
Doing it for ...
Carel du Toit Centre, East London
Carel du Toit Centre is a pre-school where deaf children learn to speak. Once a child is diagnosed with a hearing loss, their journey with us begins. We start with parent guidance, where we teach parents to elicit language from their child. The child starts in the pre-school class anywhere from 18 months-2 years. We follow a pre-school curriculum; however it is centred around language. The children receive a holistic education. Our programme includes music, ball skills and speech therapy. A volunteer speech therapist comes in twice a week. We give the children 3 meals a day at the centre, and for many of them, this is the only food they receive in a day. Our main aim is that our children would learn to speak, and take their place in a hearing world, be on a par with their hearing peers, and attend mainstream schools. Read More...
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