The Cows Media Release


10 April

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Written by: Dave Macleod

Cancelled Two Oceans does not stop CHOC runner from going the distance on Saturday

Cape Town - While the road running community ponders the Two Ocean Marathon that has been cancelled, one determined runners is planning to run the race at home on Saturday 11 April to fulfil his desire to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa.

Alan Hardaker was due to run his first full Two Oceans Marathon, but like every other runner he has accepted the cancellation of the race due to the coronavirus lockdown.

He was just as excited to take on the marathon for the CHOC children, having had first hand experience of the impact on cancer on his family, so he was determined to resort to a viable Plan B, albeit a much tougher option.

Hardaker will run the same 58km distance, but on a 150 metre lap around his parents-in-laws property in Sandbaai, and has completed a number of preparation runs on the sandy track around their property.

“It is going to be quite some challenge as it comprises of a bit of sandy uneven sections, a nice little hill which will see me do almost the same elevation as the actual route,” said the 46 year old runner and financial advisor.

“I was keen to run to support CHOC and when the Two Oceans was cancelled I decided to look for another way to make this happen,” added the financial advisor, who is midway through completing the tough Seven Summits climbs as well.

“It will be mentally challenging, doing 350 or 400 laps around the property, but my fiancée and her family will be there cheering me on and manning a water table. I just have to make sure I don’t stop at the table on every lap!”

at the same time athletes locked down in their homes will be part of The Cows 12 Hours Lockdown Challenge, which requires then to do 30 minutes of exercise and make a R30 donation to the CHOC GivenGain account.

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About The Cows
The Cows were started in 2008 by a group of eight enthusiastic cyclists keen to make a difference and raise funds for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. Cordi van Niekerk was one of the founder members and joined Kerrin and Grant Bain in cycling the 947 Cycle Challenge in memory of their daughter, Jessica, who had recently died from cancer at just 20 months old.

As CHOC had played a significant role in the Bain family's life in the last few weeks of Jessica’s life, specifically with palliative care and emotional support, the decision was to make CHOC the beneficiary of their quest. They decided to don cow suits and succeeded in raising R230 000.

In 2009, the herd gained momentum and grew to 140 energetic cows. Just two years later the herd numbered a staggering 350 cows all riding for a purpose. Armed with the ‘Love Living Life’ slogan and a healthy dose of enthusiasm, the herd has enjoyed much success and acclaim.

Ten later, hundreds of people have participated in events wearing cow suits. The Cows have raised well over R30 million for specific projects implemented by CHOC and The Cows brand is prominent in many sporting events in South Africa. With these funds, CHOC is able to make a difference to the children being treated for cancer throughout South Africa.

One herd; one quest: to make a difference to children with cancer. Love Living Life!

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Alan Hardaker will run 56km on a 150 metre track around his parents-in-laws house in Sandbaai to replace the cancelled Two Oceans Marathon and his plans to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. Supplied

Alan Hardaker will run 56km non a 150 metre track around his parents-in-laws house in Sandbaai to replace the cancelled Two Oceans Marathon and his plans to raise money for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation. Supplied

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