The 13th edition of the fun community road running Greater Edendale 10km race takes place this Sunday, 17 November at the FNB Wadley Stadium in Georgetown, Edendale. Abayomi Ndlovu will be running this exciting race for the sixth time this year. The local athlete tells Delaine Cools that she has been supporting the event due to it being a local race and there is so much to love about it.
- What is inspiring about the Greater Edendale Race?
Seeing all ages, shapes and types of people running for the same goal and that is to just reach the finish line and fulfil the achievement.
- What motivated you to run your first Greater Edendale Race?
It is a local event and I did not need to wake up too early. That was a really good motivation for me.
- Why is Greater Edendale Race special?
Because everyone can run it, whether they are fit or just starting out on the running scene.
- How many times have you run the Greater Edendale Race?
I have run this race 5 times now. This year will be my 6th and I am really looking forward to it.
- Is your family supportive of your running?
Yes. They are all very supportive. Even my sister started running 10km races this year. I think this running thing does rub off on the ones around you.
- What is your favourite training course?
Anything undulating. Pietermaritzburg has some great places to run. You also see more and more people, most notably more women, taking to the streets and sticking to their running, be it in the mornings or afternoons.
- What keeps you coming back to run this community event?
To support our community events and enjoy the thrill of running in our local communities. The people are happy and supportive; the children come out in droves to cheer on the runners and everything is so much more enjoyable.
- What is it like to run the streets of Edendale?
If you have not run the Greater Edendale Race before, you will not know what you are missing out on. There is something very special about running in this township. It is very interesting and sometimes really funny when the local people offer us beers. Sometimes we are told that we are almost there after only 3km of running; runners share jokes on the route and most significantly, the community spirit is palpable with the crowds cheering us on and making us feel like we belong.
- What do you enjoy about running?
Running is good for you. It helps keep my weight down and I have learnt a lot about myself through this sport.
- What is it like to cross the finish line, even after a 10km race?
Feeling of relief and achievement. There is something special about completing a race, no matter the distance.
- Do you run often?
I run 3 to 5 times a week.
- What about your nutrition?
I have not changed my diet; I eat everything just in moderation. I also lean towards healthier choices when it comes to eating.
- After running the race what is your favourite meal?
I enjoy a good steak.
- What is your favourite running quote?
“Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.”
- Do you like running alone or in a group? Why?
I love running alone because you can clear your head and be in your own zone while exercising. However, I am also aware that it’s not safe so I run with other runners most of the time. There is good support when one trains as part of a group.
- What is your favourite motivational quote?
‘’I don’t know where the limits are, but I would like to go there.” – Eliud Kipchoge