JUNE BATES (58)
JUNE Bates, from Johannesburg, got quite a shock 13 years ago when her doctor warned her she was on the verge of developing diabetes.
“I quickly decided to take control of my weight and high blood pressure,” June says. She joined the nationwide programme Run/walk For Life walking 4 km about three times a week. “I started enjoying walking so much, it felt like I was addicted. I started feeling fitter and not as sluggish as before,” she says.
Now June laughs when she remembers all she could manage back then was 4 km – she’s done the 21 km Two Oceans Half Marathon twice and is planning a 10-day, 256 km walk in the Karoo with her walking buddies next year.