COURAGEOUS COLLEEN IGNORES FATIGUE
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
After finishing a lengthy marathon, it is advised that you relax as much as you can but Colleen de Reuck completed the 10 km Spar Women’s Race Challenge on Sunday after she finished in the seventh spot during last week’s Comrades Marathon.
For de Reuck (52), it was to motivate her daughter that was participating for the first time in the race.
“My 21-year-old daughter needed this motivation. It was not an easy task, Comrades took all my energies,” said de Reuck.
“I want to install this culture of running to her because it’s a healthy exercise. Over the past three decades, I have learnt to be a disciplined fellow,” added de Reuck.
Noticeably, she is holding a record of 31 minutes and 38 seconds at the Spar Women’s Race Challenge, a record that she set 16 years ago.
There was just a two minutes margin between number one and ten, which shows that it was a very tight competition.
Irvette Van Zyl, took the limelight with an impressive 33 minutes and 26 seconds.
“It is amazing that I came first. Two weeks ago I had a knee injury. Today’s race started with a faster pace. As we were running, I recalled that I promised my son that I will win convincingly. That pushed me to the victory,” said Van Zyl.
She added that this will be a morale and confidence booster ahead of Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro.
More than 16 000 runners participated in both the 10 km and 5km races respectively. Spar donated R34 000 to the Cancer Association of South Africa.