Running for a cause

Margie Bentley from East London is a true inspiration with a spirit of giving done through the love of running.

Bentley has for the last eight years run the Comrades Marathon to raise funds for charity.

“I will be raising funds for Childhood Cancer Foundation South Africa (CHOC), which is one of the Comrades Marathon Association’s six official charities,” she said.

MAKING STRIDES: Margie Bentley at the Comrades Marathon in 2016
Picture: NEVILLE BAILEY

Bentley has started a raffle in order to raise funds with amazing prizes up for grabs.

“A long weekend stay at a Hole in the Wall cottage which sleeps six, to the value of R3,600, is the first prize. I also have a hair products hamper, hand-crafted sterling silver and semi-precious stone earrings and exercise vouchers as prizes,” she said.

Realising that one can’t wait for others to make them happy and the onus rests on one’s self, Bentley took up running at age 44.

“I started to run/walk 3km a day, each time come home feeling better than I had the day before,” she said.

She gradually began working up her mileage and eventually joined the Oxford Striders Running Club.

“With the support and invaluable advise from the club, I ran my first Two Oceans Ultra Marathon the following year, and the year after ran my first Comrades Marathon.”

“For as long as God allows, I intend to run Comrades and commit to running for a cause greater than myself,” she said.

To buy raffle tickets, for this unique fund-raising effort, contact Margie on 078-307-1685.

All funds raised will go to the CHOC Foundation via Comrades.

Donations can be made from as little as R50 on www.comrades.com/charities/race-4-charity. and sSearch for Margie Bentley.

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