Taking on the Mnweni Marathon was a big step in the right direction for me. As an Adventure Photographer, I use my youth and fitness as an advantage to advertise that I can get to places many photographers can’t. I have always believed that the real moments and magic happens where no car can get you and as far away from the start line as possible.
Last year I photographed the Mnweni Marathon as my first big event. It was huge for me! I knew nothing about the race including how physically demanding it was. On the day, I was sent up Rockeries Pass with Andrew Booth and Tracy Zunckel because I didn’t think I was fit enough to run up Mnweni. I paced behind a trail legend and a race organiser (both fit) for about 15km. Thankfully, Andrew had a broken toe and they didn’t run too fast. I suffered that day, but with a smile. Since then, that has been the theme to many events I have been involved in.
Later in the 2014, Andrew, of KZN Trail Running employed me to photograph and cover the 2nd Lesotho Ultra Trail and I knew my fitness wouldn’t cut it if I didn’t do some serious training. Hills became my friend for 2 months and I trained specifically for an event I didn’t enter. After months of training and getting over minor knee injuries, I took on ‘LUT’ and covered a brutal and stunning 34km of the 50km race spending 13hrs on my feet with my camera equipment on my back.