The Child Bride and Synaptoman travelled through to Cape Town over the weekend for the Two Oceans Marathon, which was run on the Saturday. Not being one to gush over anything, I must compliment the organisers of this event, which saw over 11000 athletes from all over South Africa and in fact from 68 other countries, compete over half marathon and 56 km courses, in very windy conditions.
We drove the course the day before (which happened to be her birthday) just to prevent any wrong turns on the day. Man, 56 kms is far !! I was quite exhausted just driving it and had to stop at a pub at the top of Constantia Nek for a couple of frosties just to gather my strength. The 6:25am start was in Newlands and went through Muizenberg, Hout Bay, over Chapmans Pass, through Constantia Nek and then down Rhodes Drive, to finally end at the UCT Upper Campus.
A very nervous little lady
As driver, psychologist, dietitian, confidant, motivator, personal valet, alarm clock and masseur, I think I did a sterling job and like to believe that without me the Child Bride would never have even made it to the start. After seeing her off, I proceeded back to to the Guest House for a hearty breakfast and caught up with her a few hours later at the 46 km mark, as she came chattering and smiling up the long pass with hardly a sweat on her little forehead. To say that I was proud would probably have been an understatement.
I then rushed to the finish to see her home for a very comfortable bronze medal in a time of 5 hours and 42 minutes. I screamed myself stupid as she came over the line, much to the embarrassment of my daughter who had come along to watch. With a very sore throat from all the cheering, I then retired to the Knysna Marathon Club tent for a couple of well-earned beers.
So easy !!!
Some observations from our weekend;
- Compared to Knysna, Cape Town restaurants are very cheap, even in the tourist traps at the Waterfront.
- If the organisers of the 2010 World Cup could take some lessons from the Two Oceans team, we may just be able to salvage that one.
- Cape Town is geared for tourism and appears to be a city that works. Might the DA-led administration possibly have something to do with that?
- I can strongly recommend the Beluga Guest House in Constantia to anyone looking for a value-for-money, 4-star establishment, in a fantastic setting and within minutes of the M3.
- If you are considering starting to run, do it NOW. By the shape of some of the runners I saw this weekend, anyone can run, no matter what your current fitness level is.
Well done Joan, you’ve made the S-Man very proud. Next stop, Comrades !!