The Unogwaja Challenge


in 1933, a man named Phil Masterton-Smith cycled 1730 km from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg to take part in the Comrades Marathon. After his long journey to the starting line, Masterton-Smith took part in the Comrades the next day. He placed 10th and earned himself the nickname Unogwaja, meaning “the hare”.

This incredible story landed Masterton-Smith in the history books and is at the heart of the Unigwaja challenge.

Masterton-Smith had already won the Comrades in 1931 at the age of 19, making him the youngest Comrades winner to date. He was later killed in battle during World War II.

Organized by Red Sock Friday, in May 2011, John Mclroy, Paul Blake, WP van Zyl and Lourens van Zyl of the Unogwaja team, embarked on the very same journey that Masterton-Smith took all those years ago – a tribute to his bravery, strength and determination.

The team cycled from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg, before running the Comrades in aid of the Amabeadibeadi charity.

Should you be interested in joining the Challenge for 2013, CLICK HERE. Alternatively, you can help the guys make a difference by donating R 30 HERE. You can follow the challenge on Twitter @TheUnogwaja and on Facebook

The Unogwaja Challenge is a Red Sock Friday initiative.

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