MY COMRADES STORY BY ANDREW MORRISON YOUNG
“The greatest challenge is not the physical task but our perception of how difficult it will be. Our capabilities far exceed our perceptions but only our mind can change “improbable into possible” The size of the mountain never changes; it is our confidence in overcoming it that redefines the size of the challenge!”
– Sir Edward Hillary
“My story started with an idea – to run 121km on the day: 100km for the Centenary and 21km for the year in which the Comrades Marathon started, being 1921.
This idea then developed into something much bigger than myself. So why the 121km attempt? Well, there is no real reason except another challenge. This time I decided to create awareness and raise funds for a Comrades Charity.
I then put the challenge to my company, JD Group which is also very involved with official Comrades Charity, Rise Against Hunger (RAH). They then agreed to support this and also agreed to pay Rand-4-Rand on the amount I raised for RAH. I had managed to raise R11594.00 so in total, with my companies contribution, I would have raised R23188.00
I am pleased to say that I have completed 4 official Comrades Marathon races; the 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
I have spoken to so many people and the one common denominator is that runners are despondent and lack motivation due to the fact that there are no official races. I made a decision not to allow that to stop me from enjoying what I love – that is running and to try and motivate my fellow runners to keep moving forward. Running is a lifestyle and the Comrades Marathon inspires us to be better in everything that we do.”
The winner of this month’s Arnica Ice hamper is Andrew Morrison Young.