Sunday, 24 January 2016

Thinking about a holiday destination

stats of the week:  run 18km, gym 7h

According to the doc I should have started running next week. So it seems I'm ahead of schedule.
Obviously my target can only be to somehow finish the London Marathon at 24 April. On the way to London I have entered the Half Marathon Berlin what will be a test for the knee to stand a longer strain.

With a week now being back home I am still reviewing the big South African impressions. We faced a country with more problems than one can imagine. SA has the world's highest AIDS rate, it has the world's highest crime rate. It has one of the world's highest road death tolls. It has serious energy problems that cause electricity scalings. This year it experiences the worst drought in more than hundred years only to be impaired by the weakest Rand ever. While some people donate bottles of water for the dry North others enjoy playing Golf on the perfectly watered greens. South Africa may be among the most developed countries of their continent. But it needs help to survive in peace.

Runners at the Red Hill Marathon that took place today pass the township of Masiphumelele on their route. Also if you run the world famous Two Oceans Marathon you get very close to that place before you tackle the famous Chapman's Peak Road.

In Masiphumelele there live around 40,000 people in tiny simple buildings and poor shacks very very close together, surrounded by the luxurious private estates of Noordhoek and Kommetjie. If you ever think about running in South Africa why not think about helping these people. Visit the website

Home for kids in South Africa:

and look what you can do.

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