“It was a nerve-racking wait. Comparing my two ankles, you could see clearly that one was twice the size of the other. Sportswise Physiotherapist Maryke Louw greeted me with a smile and the usual informal chat about running that put me a little more at ease. After a thorough examination and some immediate therapy, I broached the subject of running the NDW100 in just three weeks. Without the hint of a raised eyebrow Maryke directed me into the gym area to take me through some heel raising exercises to strengthen my ankle and a running programme that would ease me back on to the trails. There was no mention of “sitting anything out” and I left the clinic feeling positive about my potential recovery.
Over the next few weeks I stuck to Maryke’s programme like glue. I kept to running times and rest days as instructed and at 0600hrs on 8th August I lined up at the start of the NDW100 in Farnham, Surrey with 103 miles ahead of me – an epic run across the North Downs with steep climbs, including the renowned Box Hill, and plenty of cow hoof cratered fields. As the race continued I gained more confidence and started to push myself a little harder. I remained careful until perhaps the last 10 miles, at which point I went for it and flew through the concluding section of the race, finishing in a respectable 22:25:46 and in 21st place.
A huge thank you to Maryke Louw and the team at Sportswise that keep us runners running and achieving our sometimes forlorn hopes alive!”