Unogwaja team ready for FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN

Seen here:  The Unogwaja Team in action during the 2014 Unogwaja Challenge.  PHOTO CREDIT:  David Papenfus

Seen here: The Unogwaja Team in action during the 2014 Unogwaja Challenge. PHOTO CREDIT: David Papenfus

Cape Town, South Africa – The Unogwaja team will be seen in action at the inaugural FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday, 17 May 2015, only four days before they embark on the special South African journey that is known as the Unogwaja Challenge.

An annual journey, the Unogwaja Challenge was started in 2011 with the goal of following in the footsteps of Comrades legend Phil Masterton-Smith. Affectionately known as “Unogwaja” which means the Hare in Zulu, Phil Masterton-Smith was involved in two of the closest finishes in the Comrades Marathon history. In 1930 he narrowly lost to the great Wally Hayward. The following year at the age of 19 he became the youngest ever Comrades winner when he crossed the finish line meters a head of Noel Burree.   In 1933 Masterton-Smith couldn’t afford the train fare from Cape Town to run the Comrades Marathon, so he cycled over 1 700kms from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in ten days, and on the eleventh day he ran the gruelling Comrades Marathon, finishing tenth overall.

The 2015 journey starts in Cape Town on Thursday, 21 May and finishes in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday 31 May, consisting of ten days on the bicycle covering 1,657km between these two great cities, followed by the 89km Comrades on the eleventh day. According to John McInroy, founder of Unogwaja and Red Sock Friday, the Unogwaja is more than just an event. “The Unogwaja represents a message of hope involving many people across our country. We are overwhelmed by the amount of people who just want to be involved and support in any way they can”.

“2015 represents a very meaningful year in our history as we establish the Unogwaja Light Fund, Unogwaja on foot and enter our fifth year of the Unogwaja Challenge,” continues McInroy. “We are very grateful to the support of Stillwater Sports for their investment into the Unogwaja Light Fund, something that is focussed on supporting empowerment and hopefully creating a legacy in our country”.

The Unogwaja has currently raised over R800,000 for the Unogwaja Light Fund and have set a strong target of raising R2million by the end of the 2015 campaign.

First ever Australian representative in Unogwaja, Craig Wiseman touches down in Cape Town from Perth on the eve of the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN and is very excited to take part. “We look forward to pulling up our red socks and joining other runners in standing together as one race, the human race. It will be a great way to get to know our team mates as well as the city of Cape Town”.


Excitement builds as Cape Town prepares to host what is sure to become one of the largest and most celebrated sporting events in South Africa, the much anticipated FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN. 

Date: Sunday, 17 May 2015
Time: 09:00
Start Venue: Woodbridge Island, c/o R27 and Loxton Road, Milnerton (Cape Town)
Finish Venue: FNB Portside Building, c/o Mechau and Bree Streets (Cape Town, CBD)
Entry Fee (Standard Individual Package): R120 / licenced runner, including chip
  R140 / temporary licence, including chip

Additional entry options on offer include: the Gold Individual Package, the Standard Corporate Package and the Gold Corporate Package.

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About the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN sponsorship:

The FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN race is sponsored by FNB Business. The sponsorship forms part of

the Bank’s ongoing strategy to support national and community events that have the potential to

grow and inspire. The FNB CAPE TOWN 12 ONERUN affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through sporting disciplines that advance our commitment to building, enduring and rewarding relationships across communities in which we operate.