Comrades Marathon 2018
- By: Angela Lurssen
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/comrades-marathon-2018
Comrades Ultra Marathon this Sunday on the 10th June
It's that time again... as I embark on the next challenge that is staggeringly more gruelling, gut wrenchingly difficult and a million times more uncomfortable than the last....
'Why?!' I hear you ask.
It's all about the transformation that resonates in life, work and sport.
Pure grit to be savoured, pushing the boundary that little bit further. The ability to 'grow' and expand your thinking. To feel all and everything in a day.
Well, in my case, 11 hours 55 [the final cut off is 12 hours].
The opportunity to unite as a nation. Everyone level, no matter your colour, history, prejudices or income bracket.
That's the Comrades ultra-marathon.
It's South Africa's longest (90km down run this year), most gruelling, most viewed and most loved marathon in the world.
The 'living' memorial was the idea of World War veteran Vic Clapham, to commemorate the South African soldiers killed during the war and wanting the memorial to be a test of physical endurance. The spirit of the Comrades marathon is emboying camaraderie, selflessness, dedication, perseverance and ubuntu: meaning no turning back.
The words of Winston Churchill: 'Never, never, never give up' ring true.
This year I would like to support a charity that means a great deal to me: 'Fallen Angels' - an animal sanctury that does brilliant work to save and improve lives of our fur friends that love us unconditionally.
As some of you who know me and understand the immense love I have for animals, this year I would like to dedicate this challenge to my late 19-year-old fur ball Nellie who was a constant in every part of my life, there for every move and life moment - even a relocation from London to Cape Town c2,5 years ago. She passed suddenly yesterday morning so I would like to dedicate my run to her as I am beyond heart broken.
Every penny will help, so a huge thank you for your extra kind support. I will be thinking of each and every one you of you during my long trek this Sunday. Note, it if all goes well, I'll be recruiting for next year's up run - it's only 89kms!
If you'd like to track my progress, my race number is 15257 via: http://news.comrades.com/articles/450-track-your-runner
See you on the other side X
PS: please excuse any typos in the above piece. I write this with huge emotion and tear filled eyes.
- Jun 28, 2018 - R 850.00
- "Fundraising lucky draw prize money - huge thank you to everyone who contributed to this brilliant cause! " - Comrades fundraising party
- Jun 22, 2018 - R 500.00
- "You are Amazing Ange! Thinking of you x" - Kirti
- Jun 20, 2018 - USD $ 65.47
- "Well done Lurssenator! " - Simon Holliday
- Jun 18, 2018 - R 642.63
- "Donation for landmarks picture auction " - Tammy Wood
- Jun 15, 2018 - R 771.15
- "Good luck from everyone at Velvet xx" - Velvet PR
- Jun 13, 2018 - R 205.64
- "well done-I knew you could do it !!" - Zita
- Jun 11, 2018 - R 2 056.40
- "Congratulations - on completing Comrades. You're an Angel too" - Keith
- Jun 11, 2018 - USD $ 38.22
- "Good luck Ange!" - Ian Harris
- Jun 11, 2018 - R 500.00
- "Great effort Ange. Lots of love!" - Nicolette & Anastasios
- Jun 10, 2018 - R 200.00
- "Angela... you are so inspirational... " - Janine
- Jun 10, 2018 - R 205.64
- "Let nothing stand in your way warrior woman! " - Tania
- Jun 10, 2018 - USD $ 67.13
- "Good luck Ange - so sorry to hear about Nellie. She was a great cat " - James and Clare
- Jun 09, 2018 - R 514.10
- "So sorry to hear your sad news, i know it will bring you extra strength tomorrow. Thoughts with you. " - Adrian
- Jun 09, 2018 - R 514.10
- "Have a great run Angela!" - Graham
- Jun 09, 2018 - USD $ 136.96
- "Madam so inspired by your guts & determination " - Cassie
- Jun 09, 2018 - USD $ 57.44
- "You are from your heart.. so got it covered! all the best!! " - Melissa Gilbert
- Jun 08, 2018 - USD $ 81.04
- "Go Ange - if anyone can do it, you can. " - Jane
- Jun 08, 2018 - USD $ 77.00
- "You are nuts! Smash it Ange:)" - Shivers
- Jun 08, 2018 - USD $ 40.51
- "Run like the wind. x" - Andrea
- Jun 08, 2018 - USD $ 28.52
- "Sent with lots of love for our fur friends, dearly loved by Angle Ange. " - The Patchetts
- Jun 08, 2018 - R 102.82
- "You are going to crush those km’s from PMB to Durbs!" - Ingrid