Cou­ple to tackle tough Munga

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - NEWS - Athena O’Reilly or­eillya@ti­soblack­

A PORT El­iz­a­beth cou­ple will be en­dur­ing a gru­elling, five-day long, 1 000km moun­tain bike challenge dur­ing the hottest time of the year in a bid to raise much needed funds and aware­ness for char­ity.

Cy­cling en­thu­si­asts Tracey Camp­bell, 36, and her hus­band Bruce Camp­bell, 30, of Sum­mer­strand, will cy­cle from Bloem­fontein to Welling­ton at the end of the month.

The pair were in­vited to take part in what is be­lieved to be the tough­est race on Earth from Novem­ber 29 to De­cem­ber 5.

The Munga is just a lit­tle more than 1 000km and has five race vil­lages where rid­ers can rest, eat and get me­chan­i­cal as­sis­tance.

While rid­ers will be pro­vided sup­port from race of­fi­cials en route and at the race vil­lages, all essen­tials are to be car­ried on the bikes.

Tracey will be rid­ing for the Smile Foun­da­tion, rais­ing aware­ness and money for the or­gan­i­sa­tion which aims to trans­form the lives of chil­dren with fa­cial con­di­tions in South Africa.

“I do a lot of ad­ven­ture rac­ing so this race was right up my al­ley,” Tracey said.

Even though the race may be com­pleted in 120 hours, she in­tends com­plet­ing it in four days, with very lit­tle sleep.

“The cy­cle is about 120 hours and it’s up to you when and where you sleep, but I am bank­ing on get­ting about three hours at most for the four days,” she said.

The cou­ple, who will be cel­e­brat- ing their first wed­ding an­niver­sary in De­cem­ber, will not be al­lowed to as­sist each other dur­ing the race.

Bruce will be rac­ing for the Rare Dis­ease So­ci­ety of South Africa.

He suf­fers from Pompe Dis­ease, a ge­netic dis­or­der which af­fects or­gans and mus­cles.

“I am a lit­tle afraid be­cause I suf­fer from a life-threat­en­ing dis­ease, but it is my drive to show peo­ple you can do any­thing if you are men­tally strong, ” Bruce said.

WHEEL­ING IT: Tracey and Bruce Camp­bell are all set for a red-hot cy­cle race in sup­port of char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tions

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