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Cowboy Cottage

Cowboy Cottage, Martyrsford. #BigSkyCountry In the big backyard of a working Angora farm lies Cowboy Cottage. It is dry country with vast skies. The vegetation and rich animal life seeking out the oases of water are well adapted to the sun and wind. This Karoo gem is an ideal place to reconnect, and create good habits; good habits are hard to break.
On a flight toward a recent running race I read the in-flight magazine. It had an article about Japan, host country to the then impending Rugby World Cup. The author referenced the special stature given to aged companies over 100 years trading. Tradition. Creativity. Longevity. Deference for purpose-oriented integrity and relationship was prime. And of course, the final of that World Cup was due to be played on a dusty and windy Karoo morning where we had no signal.
#LancasterLight, our effervescent and inquisitive 4-year old had been looking forward to Cowboy Cottage for weeks. We’d been hearing about Buzz, Woody, tractors, and all the thing…

Galaxy Bingo ONE12run

Once in a while a person gets to multitask in the best possible way... by combining things you love:
1 - run
2 - encourage others to run
3 - chase dreams
4 - create an environment for others to chase dreams
5 - contribute to societal change through effective charitable organizations

The Galaxy Bingo ONE12run was all of that! And memories :)

#LancasterLight was probably the youngest participant, and he completed short of 5km, but accompanied the oldest participant as he went around the course with #FatherLancaster (aka the retired Reverend Howard Lancaster) and needed to give the old man some tlc out there on the course... #MotherLancaster was grateful to see them return in tact and provided all the encouragement to me.

The runner that stole all the hearts was Kent_the_best_trail_dog... I mean, just look at him!

Charlo Athletics Club... what can you say when a club joins together and enters 4 teams (okay, MV-cubed was one short and their secret weapon did complete 6 laps all under 20 …

The Truth of the Trail: Karkloof 100

I said to Andrew & Deon, "On the long trail, either you are truthful, or you are dead. And perhaps this is why we are a close community of people who know and believe in each other. We root for each other's success because we relate so honestly."

Friday night at 8pm, the gun was worked into the theme tune to the Greatest Showman. We Karkloof 100 milers were off, not quite like prey in front of lion... but the atmosphere was just as charged! An amazing show to send us on our way. It had been hot all Friday. Dry heat. It was due to get as hot on Saturday.

AMUK update: I had aced Addo. UTD and me... let's call it a tie (although I might flatter myself here). And Mac Mac bit my bullet... I finished, but it took everything I had. 14 weeks later, I'd recovered mostly, but not been able to maintain 100 mile fitness. I was as ready as I could be...

Rene & Frikkie (official and unofficial AMUK wayfinders) were prepped and looking good. There was no hope for me to …

The weekend before RunAMUK is done...

Sharon Jessop, of "Go Well with Sharon", had me on her show a little while ago. And as of today, that interview is live on Youtube! Thank  you, Sharon :)

My introduction at Go Well With Sharon.

The full interview:

You can help 4 awesome charities... by donating OR running (your entry fee goes to these charities)...

1 - Donate at Backabuddy (we're half way there...)

2 - Enter the Galaxy Bingo ONE12run...
Run one loop or as many as you can in 12 hours of the Grass Roof parkrun route in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Find out more about the charities: click here.
See you on the trails!