South Africans are a crazy, special and a unique bunch of individuals. The unity that the country has shown so far in combatting the impact of COVID-19 is incredible and we all need to continue doing our part as we are #InThisTogether.

Saturday the 18th of April 2020, was the date on which the Loskop Marathon was due to take place. With South Africa being on lock down, the race was cancelled. This however didn’t deter runners from around the country as they adapted to partake in the “NO Loskop” Charity Challenge. Entrants took to their gardens, driveways, and balconies to run/walk – raising funds for charity and having fun.

EasyEquities and Born2Run Charity Challenge

This initiative was hosted by EasyEquities Born2Run and the Phobians running club, raising over R20 000 that has been donated to the Solidarity Fund. Charles Savage, CEO of EasyEquities, said “It is a great privilege to support the EasyEquities Born2Run club. And today was a wonderful feeling of socially connecting despite physical distancing. Congratulations and thanks to all who took part.”

It was special to see members of the broader CN&CO community, as well as EasyEquities team members all doing their part as they joined the challenge this morning. Our legend mate and partner Llyod Barker, from Barker’s Insurance, who is a passionate cyclist, took up the challenge and ran 30km around his garden with some of his equally passionate and fit family members. Running 30km is amazing – doing so in a small space, phenomenal.

Born2Run was founded in 2013 by a small team of passionate people from the running community, who were dedicated to supporting aspirant athletes to achieve their individual running goals within a fresh club environment. The club has grown tremendously over the years, and so has the movement to inspire and assist athletes to chase their goals in a vibrant and modern way.

The story of Born2Run is a special one and one that we are proud of, as the club continues to growing offering support to athletes of all calibres. Our Carel was one of the founding members, alongside Ann and David Ashworth. Running today we were reminded of Ann’s Comrades Marathon win in 2018 and the dedication it takes to train for such an event. Born2Run also has links to St Stithians College where the Johannesburg members of the club host their weekly time trials, looking out onto the Sandton City skyline from the Higher Ground Restaurant.

Carlos Fernandes from EasyEquities who lives in Portugal, but is currently in SA due to the lockdown also joined in the fun.

Talking of other crazy running challenges – Ultra trail running sensation Ryan Sandes added another achievement to career when he ran 100 miles at home this week.

A massive thanks and congratulations to all who partook in the “NO Loskop” Charity Challenge. The funds raised will be donated to the Solidarity Fund which is playing a pivotal role in helping South Africa navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

This challenge showed the power of unity and how everyone can do their bit to contribute and help make the world a better place. Many people have no or limited space to exercise, many in SA are hungry and are suffering – we have and will continue to do what we can, where we can and known the broader CN&CO community will too. #InThisTogether.

A few of the participants of the “No Loskop challenge”