Runners keep fundraiser alive after ultra-runner Sewell sidelined by
Durban – When ultra-runner Mike Sewell's bid to run 1800 kilometres from
Cape Town to the start of The Comrades marathon ended in a bad accident
while he was running the fourth day of his long run, runners from around the
country have stepped in to keep his dream of raising a million Rand for the
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation alive.
Sewell was running on the road between Ladismith and Zoar when the accident
"As it was getting dark a bakkie that was overtaking a truck behind me
smashed my left arm and broke my humerus bone," said Sewell.
He was rushed to hospital in George where, despite his determination to get
back onto the road, it was confirmed that his dream of running to
Pietermaritzburg and then completing The Comrades marathon was over.
"I had done 350 kilometres when the accident happened, so there are still
1450 kilometres to go," said Sewell in a social media post from his hospital
Runners who have been following his run, dubbed the Long Road To Comrades
2.0, were deeply moved by the set-back, and with the help of his support
team quickly set a plan in motion to keep the fund-raising effort going.
A Strava account called "Long Road to Comrades v2.1 - R1 million for CHOC" (https://www.strava.com/clubs/LRTC-v2)
has been set up to allow individual runners to run kilometres to make up the
full distance, and the response from the running community has been
"We have sent out a Herd Alert," said the organisers of The Cows that Sewell
was representing in the CHOC fundraiser.
Immediately his social media channels and the WhatsApp group set up for
supporters to follow his run were flooded with offers from runners to help.
"I am in!" said supporter Rupert Russell. "I will run a full Comrades 90km
before the 28th. It is something that us mere mortals can achieve."
Supporters inspired by Sewell have started organising group runs, walks and
family hikes to contribute distance to the Strava group. On the weekend 169
participants registered to join the group.
"Thanks everyone," said a moved Sewell. "This is helping me deal with the
disappointment and look for a new light."
"Mike is already a legend to us," added the founder of The Cows Kerrin Bain.
"We are so damn proud of you and your amazing team.
"There is nothing we can't do together," she added. "We have got you."
Anyone keen to contribute to Sewell's fundraiser can visit his fundraising
The Strava link is at
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
More information can be found at
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Mike Sewell sneaks out of his
hospital in George to start the new campaign to complete his 1 800 kilometre
Long Road to the Comrades 2.0 to raise R1 million for the CHOC Childhood Cancer Association of
South Africa. "Thanks everyone," said a moved Sewell. "This is helping me
deal with the disappointment and look for a new light."
Mike Sewell in hospital in
George after having is shattered humerus repaired with pins and plates.
Runners and walkers have taken up the challenge of completing the 1800km of
his Long Road To Comrades 2.0 to aid his bid to raise R1 million for the
CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation.
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