“I’ve been running for about ten years. To run, in silence, my hour of sanity is a day.”
This is how Francois van Coke talked about his running hobby with Radio Tygerberg announcers, Anton Brink and Rouchelle Liedermann, on Tuesday after a 15-kilometer race.
Francois participated in the Tygerberg Run/Walk race, an event that takes place annually on Human Rights Day at the Tygervallei shopping center in Bellville.
In the live broadcast that Radio Tygerberg did from this shopping centre, Francois revealed that his regular jogging sessions are actually part of his preparation to take part in the Two Oceans marathon in Cape Town later this year.
“I didn’t practice anything between 19 and 33,” he admits.
“I was jumping around on stage and sweating myself to death. At 33, I was a bit overweight and partied hard, my wife started spinning in the gym and that’s when I decided to start running.”
This year, this rocker dares the 21 kilometer Two Oceans marathon not only under his own steam, but for the benefit of the charity organization, Breadline Africa.
“I’ve always wanted to, but never thought I was fast enough,” he joked.
Almost 4,000 people took part in this year’s race. André Afrika was named winner of the men’s category and completed the race in 48 minutes and three seconds. Elme Middlemost won the women’s category with a time of one hour and two minutes.
The proceeds of the race are donated this year to the Blue Bus Community Ministries, an organization that plays a major role in the education and development of the Delft community.
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