I have always loved running, and in particular the Comrades Marathon has always had a special fascination for me. The Comrades Marathon is a 90km + ultra-marathon through the Valley of a Thousand Hills in South Africa. It was first run in 1921 in honour of fallen comrades in the First World War. It is the oldest, biggest and most famous ultra-marathon in the world. I grew up in a village along the route, and every year I’d watch the thousands of runners stream past, while enjoying the great South African tradition of a braai (similar to a BBQ). One day I vowed to complete this race within the strict 12-hour cut-off, and in 2014 this dream became a reality. This video will give you an idea of how amazing this race is.

When a friend of mine sent out the SOS for someone to run for Best Beginnings, I jumped at the opportunity to make a difference in children’s’ lives.  I’m honoured that I can support such a worthy cause through my hobby of ultra-running.  As a dad of two wonderful and healthy little girls, I feel blessed everyday to have them in my life, so running for a charity that aims to give children the best possible start in life is one close to my heart.

Now in 2018 I’m attempting my 5th Comrades and as part of part of an ambitious start to 2018, aim to also complete the London Marathon. For both races I’ll be raising money for Best Beginnings, a charity that aims to provide every child in the UK with the best possible start to life. This video show the wonderful work Best Beginnings does.

Trevor Roberts