WORDS FROM THE 2014 ORGANISING COMMITTEE

This year’s hardworking organising committee have been working behind the scenes for months planning to bring you yet another fun day of racing and celebrating South Africa’s women. They took a few moments to give you a glimpse into who they are, what they do and a few race secrets.

Anna-Marie & Andre de Beer - Branding Organisers
What is your favourite moment on race day?
Anna-Marie & Andre: When the first athletes for both the 5 and 10km come over the finish line and we know that the course is working smoothly.

What does “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
Anna-Marie & Andre: Putting yourself in someone else’s position and life, to try and imagine their pain, frustration or joy.

If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be and why?
Anna-Marie: 100% New Balance. Because they are very supportive for all surfaces, comfortable, trustworthy, always good looking and light weight.
Andre: I would be a running shoe so that I could run the Spar Women’s Challenge.

Howard Muir
What is your favourite moment on race day?
When they play the music for the first runner of the 10km race and they come into the stadium and you see all the spectators going wild as if they have won the race themselves. That way I know we have done well as a team this year.

If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be and why?
I would love to be a shoe that would be able to last forever and never run out, or to be a shoe that helps the disabled who battle to walk.

Gerda van Schalkwyk – Clubs and Company Information Officer
What is your favourite moment on race day?
My favourite moment on race day is in the morning before everybody arrives for the race. The calm before the storm, that moment to collect and reflect on all the work we have done to come to that moment.

What does “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
To me it speaks to the fact that we are all different and we need to appreciate the diversity and our backgrounds. There is a quote that I particularly like: ‘be kind to people, for everyone you meet is fighting their own battle.’

Rhona Scheppel – Financial Director
Tell us something that no one knows about behind the scenes of the race?
Something that no one knows is the sheer magnitude of getting all the t-shirts delivered to the different SPAR shops and ensuring that all the participants are able to get a t-shirt. Having to order just that few more t-shirts at the last minute and making sure we get them in time. This is just one detail of many issues that takes quick thinking and a brilliant team who work together.

What does “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
To walk a mile in another women’s shoes means don’t judge a lady until you see what she may have had to endure in her lifetime.

Richard Scheppel – Financial Advisor
What is your favourite moment on race day?
My favourite moment on race day is the start, as it is an awesome sight seeing all the runners all together in a sea of a single colour.

What does “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
To walk a mile in another women’s shoe is to be understanding and sympathetic to a disgruntled lady as you do not necessarily understand the cause of her dissatisfaction.

If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be and why?
I would like to be a flip-flop as it epitomises being as free as a bird in both mind and movement.

Natasha & Conrad Venter – Accountants
What is your favourite moment on race day?
Natasha: My favourite moment is always going up to the VIP section and seeing the masses of people on the field knowing that I had something to do with their happiness. It always brings a tear to my eye.
Conrad: I have an intense feeling of satisfaction when the starting pistol goes off, knowing that the race has started with no problems.

Tell us something that no one knows about behind the scenes of the race?
Natasha & Conrad: The race never ends for the LOC. The minute the current race finishes on race day we start the planning for the next one.

Sophia Matlou – Information Officer
Tell us something that no one knows about behind the scenes of the race?
Behind the scenes is hectic but the worst nightmare is having to pack everything away after the race.

What does “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
To walk a mile in another women’s shoe means ‘humanity’ or Ubuntu. Most people have lost that touch of humanity and as a rainbow nation we need to walk the walk and feel the pain in someone else’s life and go an extra mile to help out.

If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be and why?
If I could be a shoe I would be a balanced and foamy shoe because they don’t make people too tired.

Malcolm Drysdale – Stadium Manager At Super Sport Park
Tell us something that no one knows about behind the scenes of the race?
Something that no one knows is the amount of hours spent to ensure everything runs according to plan and that the venue is ready.

What does “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
To walk a mile in another women’s shoes means to understand and respect the trials and tribulations another has to face.

Jaco van dyk – Supersport Park
What does the phrase “to walk a mile in another woman’s shoes” mean to you?
All the women are so blessed to be able to do the race while there are so many women that will give anything to do it, and cannot. Life is hard out there.

If you were a shoe, what shoe would you be and why?
I’m training every day, wearing New Balance Cross trainers and I think they are the best running shoes ever, so I suppose I would be a pair of orange New Balance cross trainers.