Cancelled Two Oceans does not stop CHOC runner from going the distance on
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
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
“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
“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
“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
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.
To make a contributions to Alan Hardaker's run on Two Oceans day go to
More information about The Cows can be found at
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
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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.
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.
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