If you follow me on Twitter (which you should already be doing), you’ll know that I’m in PE. I’m currently sitting in the back of our epic H1, tippity tapping away at my keyboard, something I’m going to be doing for the next week. You see we; Daddy (@motioncityfilms), @mikesharman and myself, are joining up with the Continental Run2Stop Challenge which kicks off today. People are running, cycling and driving all the way to Joburg, and we’re here to cover it. This is what it’s about.
Two teams comprising a mix of runners, cyclists and drivers will be pitted against each other and will have to overcome a series of challenges, harsh terrain and unpredictable conditions from PE to the finish line at the Kyalami Race Track on 2 November. Each 21-member team consists of three runners, three cyclists, two drivers, an all-rounder and support personnel. Former Bafana Bafana players Bradley Carnell and Helman Mkhalele will lead the troops as the respective captains of this year’s event.
#R2S has been described as the most grueling endurance race in South Africa. The drivers will follow allocated routes and have a total of 2400km’s to cover per team, while the athletes will run / cycle a total of 1600km’s per team over the course of one week.
Apart from completing their allocated distances per day, the teams will also go head-to-head in a series of challenges from start to finish, commencing with a meal-packaging competition for Stop Hunger Now. The meal packs consist of dry food and generally last about a month, so by the end of this challenge we’re looking at a lot of satisfied bellies.
I’ll be updating daily – Daddy is also going to be producing the magic like he did on Put Foot, so you’ll be able to get a good idea of what’s going down. You can also follow the challenge here:
The two teams will be splitting up along the way, so we’ll need to choose our routes very carefully. Today we need to choose between Cradock and Graaff Reinet. So far Twitter says Graaf Reinet is the best option, so it looks like that’ll be our first stop.