PHOTOS: Unbelievable fitness feats in South Coast 100 Prayer Run

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Athletes put on unbelievable shows of stamina, heart and determination during the South Coast 100 Prayer Run that took place at Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds at the weekend.

The brainchild of local pastor Daan van Niekerk, who has done solo 100km prayer runs over the past couple of years, this year’s local event was a community affair and catered for runners of all ages and fitness levels.

Numerous events, the shortest being a 5km fun run and the longest a gruelling 30-hour marathon, were held on a 1km track. A festive atmosphere reigned and helped the long-distance runners dig deep to achieve their goals.

The winners of the respective events were:

Six-hour relay: Team Samurai from the Samurai Study Centre – 37km
5km fun run: Shaun Bartlett – 00:23:40
10km night race: Peter Grayson – 00:33:28
Six-hour race: Goodman Nqayi – 52km
12-hour race: David Morrison-Young – 61km
100km race: Toni Mundl – 10h47:15
24-hour race: Cornel Metcalf – 160.9km
30-hour race: Daan van Niekerk – 160.9km
100-mile race: Cornel Metcalf – 23h21:17

“The event was an exceptional success. There were more than 100 people competing in various time- or distance-based races over the windy weekend,” ‘Lede in Christus Kerk’ pastor Van Niekerk told eHowzit.

The event attracted a number of big-name athletes as well, including Cornel Metcalf, Washie winner Marsha Muller and South Africa’s “king” of 100 milers, Tobie Reynecke.

“It was amazing having Cornel back from last year and seeing her successfully defend her title, to have Marsha come try out circuit running for the first time – she did very well to run 150km in the 30-hour race – and to have Tobie come down to steady the ship for us novices in the ‘stupid-far’ 100-miler (161km),” said Van Niekerk.

The South Coast Striders stalwart, who has several Comrades under his belt, achieved his goal of running 100 laps while praying for 100 countries and 100 South Coast businesses and establishments. To his surprise, he awoke from a hard-earned power nap to find out he had won the 30-hour race.

“I never would have thought that I was going to run the most kilometres in the 30-hour race, especially after stopping at completion of the 100-mile event a few minutes within the 26-hour qualifying time. Receiving that 100 miler trophy was already enough, and the body was aching, so I decided to not make use of the last four hours. I opted for a nice ice bath in the scoop of a Milton Plant Hire TLB and went for a nap. I woke up in time to realise no-one else is going beyond that 160.9km distance, which made me the very lucky race winner,” he laughed.

“It was very special to hear a different country and local business name announced to be prayed for at the start of every new kilometre and to have members of my church, led by my wife, walk the final lap with me and help me complete the 100 miler under the 26-hour mark was super special.

“The highlight of the weekend, though, is how our event was embraced overall – the community support, well-known and not-so-well-known athletes, club members and church members all taking part and working hard for so many hours. From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of them and to all our sponsors for their support and warmth. South Coasters are tops!”

The South Coast 100 Prayer Run was sponsored by Peace Cottages, SN Lubes, Chippie Diner, Fresh & Clean Laundromat, Wolf Security, Hibiscus Propshaft & CV, Doug’s Hardware, Oasis Water, Biltong Bytes & Internet Shop, MC Panelbeaters, Effective Chemicals, Secura Pools, Harborview Spar, John Sheeky Packaging, Super Bodies Gym, John Dory’s, Panarotti’s, Georgia Spur, The Round Table, Douglas Mitchell Sport, South Coast Herald, Trinity Salon, Remax, The Costume Shop, Milton Plant Hire, ERD Construction, Vongo Brick & Block and Coastal PVC.

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