Weekend Witness - - News - NI­COLE McCAIN

GREAT grand­son of Com­rades’ founder, Vic Clapham, will be tak­ing on this year’s up­hill run, de­spite a re­cent in­jury. Antony Clapham, the first de­scen­dant of his fam­ily to run the Com­rades Marathon, re­cently in­jured the mus­cles along his left shin. “I still have a slight in­jury … I was go­ing to throw in the towel, but I couldn’t af­ter all the com­mit­ment and train­ing I’ve put in.”

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing phys­io­ther­apy, 34-year-old Clapham feels he is ready for his first Com­rades. How­ever, he is re­al­is­tic with his goals. “I’ll prob­a­bly just take the day as it comes. I haven’t set a goal or time, I just want to fin­ish.” He is not sim­ply run­ning for him­self, says Clapham, who has been rais­ing funds for the wildlife or­gan­i­sa­tion Wild­lands Con­ser­va­tion Trust. “They do a lot for the en­vi­ron­ment and hu­man­ity,” said Clapham of the non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion. “It’s a cause that’s very close to my heart.”

Un­for­tu­nately, Clapham has not been able to raise the funds he had hoped for. He has been putting in train­ing ses­sions four times a week, train­ing with the Na­tal Car­bi­neers Ath­letic Club.“I’m run­ning with a great bunch of peo­ple.”

He says the club has been very sup­port­ive in teach­ing about what to do, down to how to breathe while run­ning. “There has been so much you have to learn,” said Clapham, who has par­tic­i­pated in the Ar­gus Cy­cle Tour, among other races.


Antony Clapham, who will be tak­ing on this year’s Com­rades Marathon de­spite a re­cent in­jury.

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