Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition)

Running solo in aid of the missing children

- LUKE FOLB

HE’S BEEN running solo across southern Africa for six months for the thrill of extreme endurance sport and to raise funds to help find missing children.

Gaven Sinclair, 44, began his challenge in September and is aiming to raise funds and create awareness for the Missing Children South Africa an organisati­on which helps find missing children and fights human traffickin­g.

He began his journey in St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal and travelled north along the coast into Mozambique before heading through Botswana.

He is in Swakopmund, Namibia and aims to end his journey at the Waterfront next month.

“The inspiratio­n for doing it was was an offspring from my Cape to Cairo unsupporte­d cycle where I did 10 038km in 268 days and once you do one you want to do another. It’s also for Missing Children again because I’m an ambassador for them.

“I get to challenge myself physically and mentally and the motivation is just to do that for a good cause to inspire and motivate people along the way,” he said.

The distance is more than 5 000km but he covers 3 500km on foot as at certain remote areas he takes transport.

“There are a couple of places where I can’t run because I carry a backpack that weighs 8kg so I’m only able to carry water for a day or two. I do carry an ultra light hammock in there as well, which adds to the challenge,” said Sinclair.

He covers an average of 40km a day and estimates his total trip will take around 240 days.

Sinclair has 18 years of corporate background in sales and marketing but gave that up to pursue a career in motivation­al speaking and endurance racing for charity.

“In the past eight years I’ve been doing life coaching in health and wellness and I’ve started a new profile in terms of extreme solo endurance racing.”

Sinclair said some of the highlights of his trip had been running along coastlines and meeting people along the way.

“The coastline of Mozambique is phenomenal and I ran till 10pm one evening because I overshot the place I was staying.

“The people along the way motivate me the most and each country has a unique energy and experience.”

Sinclair has already given thought to his next challenge and plans to move to Mozambique permanentl­y.

SMS MCSA to 41006 to donate R25 to Missing Children South Africa.

Motivation is to do it for a good cause and inspire

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