“It is an honour to share the incredible journey that led me to the start line of the Comrades Marathon. It was a monumental achievement for me, and I am grateful for the opportunity to recount my experience and how I made my Comrades moment count.

It is not called The Ultimate Human Race for nothing; it is a race that tests not only your physical endurance but also your mental strength and sheer determination.

For years, I had dreamt of participating in this iconic event and finally, the time had come to turn my dream into reality.

Preparing for the Comrades Marathon was no easy feat. It required months of rigorous training, discipline and sacrifice. I dedicated countless hours to running, pushing my body to its limits and gradually increasing my mileage.

There were days when fatigue and doubt crept in, but I reminded myself of the ultimate goal – to reach that start line and become a part of Comrades history.

During my training, I faced numerous challenges, both physical and mental. Injuries threatened to derail my progress and self-doubt often clouded my mind. However, I refused to let these obstacles define me.

I sought guidance from experienced runners, adjusted my training plan and focused on building resilience. With each setback, I grew stronger, both physically and mentally.

Finally, the day of the Comrades Marathon arrived. Standing at the start line, surrounded by thousands of fellow runners, I felt a surge of adrenaline and excitement. The atmosphere was electric, filled with a sense of camaraderie and shared determination. I knew that this was my moment and I was ready to make it count.

As the race commenced, I settled into a steady rhythm, pacing myself for the long journey ahead. The course was challenging, with steep hills and unforgiving terrain but I drew strength from the cheers of the spectators lining the route. Their unwavering support fueled my determination and I pressed on, one step at a time.

Throughout the race, I encountered moments of doubt and exhaustion. However, I reminded myself of the countless hours of training, the sacrifices made, and the dream that had brought me there. I refused to let fatigue overcome me. Instead, I focused on the present moment, drawing inspiration from the incredible athletes around me.

Crossing the finish line of the Comrades Marathon was an indescribable feeling. The sense of accomplishment and triumph washed over me and tears of joy streamed down my face. I had made it. I had conquered The Ultimate Human Race and achieved my Back-to-Back medal this year.

Reflecting on my Comrades moment, I realized that it was not just about reaching the finish line. It was about the journey, the perseverance and the unwavering belief in myself. It was about pushing beyond my limits and discovering the strength within me.

It was about embracing the spirit of Comrades and becoming a part of something greater than myself.

In conclusion, the road to the start line of the Comrades Marathon was paved with dedication, resilience, and unwavering determination. I made my Comrades moment count by embracing the challenges, pushing through the pain, and cherishing every step of the journey. It was an experience that will forever be etched in my heart, reminding me of the incredible power of the human spirit.

Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you. May it inspire you to chase your dreams and make every moment count.”

The winner of this month’s Mr Price Sport voucher is David Malila.