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Race Report: Malcolm Dunkeld – Wings for life World Run

This is such an amazing race and a true privilege to be able to run it. The Wings for Life World Run is a race that is run throughout the world on exactly the same day at exactly the same time. On CAT the race started at 13H00. 120 000 runners took the road on Sunday 5 May to raise funds for the Spinal Cord research. As an athlete competing in a race like this is a humbling experience as you realise how blessed you are.

 

Although not really a race about competing, I did set out a goal to run 25km for a good friend Phil Case who is wheelchair-bound. After a fast start with a lot of downhill, the relatively flat route meant it was quite easy to keep a good pace. The race is a completely different concept in that there is no finish distance. 

A catcher vehicle chasses the runners and you simply run till you get caught by the vehicle and are ranked on distance completed. The 23km mark was right at the bottom of a steep hill which meant the last two km’s to the goal distance were quite tough, to say the least. I managed to reach 25km and a km further before the catcher vehicle drove past. This left us with a ranking of 70th in South Africa and 5858 globally, top 5% in the world.

 

Thanks again to all the sponsors for making this possible.

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