Mpilo Zondi – athlete of the Future….

Twelve of my CAL Zulus and I hosted the Change a Life  Inter-Schools X Country championships at Nagle on the other day. Sport in its rawest form – Kids running barefoot as if their lives depended on it.

Barefoot Mania….

What a spectacular occasion….

Instead of the 14 Schools sending their 20 best runners, we reduced it to sending their 10 best. This was necessary due to the increased number of School’s participating, so as to give the kids a more memorable experience and allow us to keep a “handle on the occasion” – providing an all round great experience – DJ blasting Music, lunch afterwards, Cash Prizes to top 5 individuals in the girl & boy categories for Junior and High School. Then also an overall cash Prize going to the winning Junior and High School.  A change from the “eat as much as you can” at the Spur (which was generously donated by Spur) & Movie.

African Time saw the kids line up, barefoot and raring to GO!  Their faces resembling the innocent eagerness of a child about to receive a treat – oblivious to the heart thumping, lung burning deal that lay waiting ahead.

10 best from 14 Schools get to race at the CAL Inter Schools – Junior Start

Just before the start, my CAL Running League Coordinator John Ntuli said to me, “Mart, watch just how fast they run!”     “I know how fast they can run,” I replied.    “No,” said John with a big grin, “watch how fast they run now because there is money to be won!”

My Goodness, was he spot on – their little leg turnover was incredible. Both Junior 3km and Senior 7km routes are tough, each with a defining Hill climb. Some blew spectacularly, whilst others paced themselves to perfection. The USN Cytopower awaiting at the Finish was the Cherry on Top.

Tough Hill…. kids gave their all….

This occasion is something to experience and so I give you an  open invitation to come and join us for the next Inter Schools X-Country Champs down in the Valley of a Thousand hills. Come enjoy the run or give a helping hand.


Nhlanhlayayebuze High School, coached by CAL Nhlanhla Cele, absolutely dominated the High Schools, placing 1st to 5th overall.

Sansikane Primary School, coached by CAL Bethwil Ngidi, won the Junior School Title.

A huge thanks to ‘Change a Life’, USN & Hi-Tec for their ongoing support of my CAL academy, something which is very close to my Heart. Included in the responsive theme is a pretty cool page builder function, that allows you to build up custom templates for your pages

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