On 11 November 2011 Table Mountain was announced as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. This was not an easy journey as Table Mountain had to compete with 439 other nominees. But Table Mountain proceeded to the shortlist of 77, then a list of 28, until she made it to the final 7!
Table Mountain sunset
To raise awareness for our South African icon, I hiked up Table Mountain with two groups of people – one group from Bloemhof Girls High School and Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch, and the other from the BTK (Stellenbosch University Hiking club). The students came to appreciate Table Mountain in a different way – when you’ve hiked to the top and you look across the Atlantic, you can’t help but feel that it was absolutely worth the (steep) climb.
Running for Table Mountain
I also ran from Table Mountain to Athlone, teaming up with Craig Ross from Rlabs, to raise more awareness for our mountain as well as support for Rlabs. Our support crew – the Harley guys in their sidecars, the Rlabs team in cars and Angelo on the scooter, as well as the team from Hectic 9 Nine – were fantastic! Although I got a bit ahead of myself and ended up losing the crew… not so smart when you don’t know the route to Athlone.
Thanks to some directions from the friendly people in Rondebosch and Athlone I managed to find my way to Rlabs via Klipfontein Road. It was a bit scary being out there on my own, but fortunately Marlon Parker and Terence Hendricks found me about 3km from the finish. After drinking some much needed water, I took on the last few kilometres. What an amazing finish when the support crew (who had already arrived at Rlabs) went back out to support me during the last 500m. Thank you so much to everyone who supported me during the run – it was worth it!