ACSA & DTP add huge value….

Many Months ago Tim Cornish gave me a contact to send a proposal to Carol Church – ACSA (Airport Company South Africa) and DTP (Dube TradePort) for assistance with the ‘Martin Dreyer Change a Life Academy’.  Suddenly I was meeting with Carol Church and discussing the ‘wish list’ of the Academy. I put the Academy needs in three separate categories.

1 – Canoeing equipment

2 – 14 seater Toyota Quantum

3 – Club House.

                               FISH – KEITHS FLY-OVER 

To my absolute delight, Carol got back to me saying that the stakeholders of the New Airport Development in Durban, namely ACSA & DTP were willing to come to the party with 1 and 2. Their support has bumped the Academy to another level. Gone are the days when the boys get drenched in the back of a borrowed bakkie when we go to races. The vehicle was such a bonus for our long journey to the Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock. We travelled in style, aircon and all. Thank you very much.

 

Midmar Mini Canoe Marathon (16km paddling, 7km running)

The ‘Change a Life’ boys from the Valley of a Thousand hills excelled at the weekend’s Midmar Mini Canoe Marathon, claiming all three podium positions. Admittedly some ‘big guns’ didn’t compete, but as they say, ‘there aren’t any comments on the results sheets – a wins a win. Eric Zondi and Thomas Ngidi raced in their Non Stop Dusi Noka K2 (Kayak Centre). Enjoying the added stability with the rough conditions – big waves and strong winds, they made their break into the lead on the first of three portages, and never looked back. Lucas Mthalane and John Ngcobo paddled together for the first time this year and did incredibly well to place second. Brothers Nhlanhla and Richard Cele surprised their teammates when they gallantly hung onto third.

 These results are a great confidence builder for the ‘Change a Life’ guys, it shows us that we are on track with our training.

 However no time to sit back. This coming weekend will test six of my very best athletes as they tackle the ‘Ironman’ (Triple Challenge – 20km run, 52km Mtb, 18km paddle). I will be observing every step, providing support/encouragement, watching them redefine their limits, in terms of endurance barriers.

 ‘Stand at Ease’ Book launch

I really recommend you to get your hands on the hilarious account of Gary Green’s adventure of completing his first Dusi. The book is called ‘Mad Cows and River Spiders’. I guarantee you’ll absolutely love it.

AUTHOR OF “SPUD” – JOHN VD RUIT, GARY GREEN, MART, WAYNE FYVIE 

So now by popular demand he has written another book – ‘Stand at Ease’. Its about his ill-spent youth serving uncle Magnus Malan in the army, doing as little as possible, snivelling out of almost everything. 

 Hilton 50 Miler Mtb Race

Taking place at the beautiful grounds of Grace College near Hilton, the scene was set for some magnificent riding. However the heat wave of note played havoc amongst those brave Mtb’ers racing the 115km and 75km distances. Race organisers made a snap decision to shorten both the above distances to 60km to avoid eminent heat exhaustion amongst those participating.

I think it was a wise decision considering that by the 40km mark, riders were taking time out swimming in dams and reservoirs en-route in an attempt to bring their core body temperatures down and there were an abnormally high amount of cyclists pushing their bikes up hills. Maybe the racing through Devil’s Cauldron at 40 degrees plus, made the heat seem okay. However a ditch out of nowhere on a single track section nailed me proper. This was no Formula One pittstop, sitting on the side fixing the burst front and back wheels with a limp left wrist,  saw me ride off 11min 47sec later. Once this Blog is posted, I’m off to get some X-Rays. From the swelling and pain, I’m thinking its at best fractured…. and this was supposed to be the start of my Epic training. Oh well.

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