1 August 2021 to 31 August 2021
The Waterfall City Half Marathon is an inclusive, sociable, and socially conscious run.
Waterfall City Half Marathon – Charity Beneficiaries
The club subsidises all expenditures relating to assisting the elite and development teams in the form of training, nutritional requirements, race registration fees, transportation costs, training and competition apparel etc. The costs of running the elite and development teams are currently funded by the membership fees collected from the members, sponsorships and donations.
Botshabelo Children’s Home
The WCAC Development Team
The WCAC Elite Team
The Fight against GBV
Sam Hlonyana who is known as Sam The Challenger on Social Media has a Tech background and his passion is fuelling people’s growth. This passion has led him to creating the #90DaysWithoutSugar and #FetchYourBody Movements. His main aim is to help people lose weight, build healthy habits and remain consistent in making health a lifestyle. The movement has impacted more than 10k to change their eating habits and get more active through walking, running and home workouts. He has also published his “The Life After Dieting” Book in 2019. Sam’s ultimate vision is to help 1 million people defeat sugar addictions and build healthy habits one live at a time.
Comrades Mama received this title after motivating and mentoring hundreds of runners to complete the gruelling Comrades Marathon. She holds a Comrades green number, has represented South Africa at various international events Berlin and London marathon where she proudly displays her South African and Comrades credentials. She is a well-known bus driver for finishers on some of the toughest and longest runs and was invited again to be an international bus driver for the 2020 London and Berlin Marathon, with a potential to also pace the Chicago Marathon for the first time, which unfortunately did not proceed due to Covid. She started the Couch to Marathon group which has nurtured many new runners to achieve their dream of running their first marathons. You will often hear Comrades Mama before you see her. Don’t be misled by her small size, she is strong, knows all about how to train, and how to strategise for the race and will pull no punches in telling you exactly how it can be done. She is a proud new member of the Waterfall City Athletics Club and an advocate for women’s safety and full recognition.
Jonas Makhele joined the WCAC Elite Team in 2021, and immediately made a name for himself and the club when he went on to become South Africa’s 50km record holder in a time of 2.42.13, making him the second fastest person over this distance in world history. Rumour (from his manager and former club chair Kenneth Lethole) has it, that Jonas’ incredible accomplishment would not have been possible, had it not been for the mandatory pre-race pap – which they fortunately managed to secure from Nando’s who specially prepared four side portions for him the night before the race. Despite Jonas’ remarkable achievements – he boasts a 2.16.22 marathon time, and an incredible 1.06 21km time – he is an incredibly humble person, who works relentlessly at his training. Prior to his 50km record-setting event, he had not competed in any of the major long distances races and was an unknown factor. This has certainly changed, and Jonas Makhele will not be a name easily ignored in the future.
Bruce Fordyce is probably best known for having won South Africa’s Comrades marathon 9 times. During that winning streak he set 5 new Comrades marathon course records. He has run 30 Comrades marathons to date. In addition, Bruce has won numerous other marathons including the famous London to Brighton 3 times. In the 1983 London to Brighton he set a World 50 mile/80 kilometres record of 4 hours, 50 minutes and 21 seconds. That record stood for over 36 years. He won the World 100 kilometres challenge race in Stellenbosch in 1989 where he set a new World record of 6 hours and 25 minutes. In 1997 he was awarded a State President’s gold award for sport from Nelson Mandela. Bruce has written several books for runners and particularly for Comrades marathon runners but “Winged Messenger’ is his first guide written specifically for Comrades novices.
Bruce lives at home in Parktown Johannesburg at high altitude with his family. He still runs regularly though now with a dodgy knee. He estimates he has run well over 200000 kilometres.
Most recently Bruce launched the parkrun concept in Southern Africa which has grown to nearly 200 Saturday morning 5km free timed runs and over 1 million registered members.