Mark Sampson and Rob van Hille, both accomplished Cape Town runners, have taken on the challenge of running the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun to help save Africa’s rhino. Taking place over 3 days and covering a total of almost 90 km, the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun has been hailed South Africa’s most exciting three day stage trail run!.
To learn more about the Saving Private Rhino organisation please go to http://savingprivaterhino.org/ To learn more about the trailrun please go to http://www.stillwatersports.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=155&Itemid=169 Biography’s of the runners Mark Sampson An outdoor person at heart, conservationist and fitness fanatic I am privileged to have the opportunity to compete in a great event and at the same time help an incredibly important cause. Having done a variety of road running events including the Comrades and Two oceans I have slowly found myself doing more and more trail running.
Nothing beats pushing yourself to the limits, mentally and physically in beautiful surroundings nature has to offer. Living in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, Cape Town gives me the chance to do a lot of stunning trail running, and having completed numerous long distance road running events it seems like a natural progression to try a genuine multi-day trail running event. The health of the environment is however more important then that of any individual and therefore a perfect opportunity to create awareness and raise funds for one of modern days biggest atrocities against Mother Nature, that of Rhino Poaching, has arisen. Over three days, my partner and I will cover 90km, a very similar distance to that of the Comrades, and through this journey we are hoping to raise funds as well as awareness along the way, educating people about the facts, and aiding in and being part of the solution to this problem, which we are all responsible for.
Rob van Hille I grew up watching the Comrades on TV (in the days before DSTV), which provided the inspiration to eventually start running. I run my first marathon in 2000 and have now run over 50 marathons, 10 Two Oceans Ultras and two Comrades, the first of which answered a question that had nagged at me for years, “Why do people walk? Surely they can just jog slowly.” I started trail running in 2006 as a way of marrying exercise and a love of nature and have run the Puffer three times (when it was still easy to get an entry). In recent years my work as a researcher in bioprocess engineering at UCT has eaten into running time, leading to an expanding gut and a succession of PWs. Entering the ProNutro AfricaX has given me a new challenge and motivation to rediscover a healthy balance between work and “life”. Having remained largely injury free by aggressively avoiding overtraining and enjoying long post-race recuperation periods, the prospect of running for three consecutive days is a little terrifying. Over the years I have run for the competition, for relaxation, to impress a girl (unsuccessfully), but never before for a horny friend. South Africa is blessed with a wonderful natural heritage and we cannot allow human greed to destroy it.