Local adventure racer at U3A meeting

Mark Collins

KNYSNA NEWS - On Thursday, April 27, the Knysna U3A general meeting at the Brenton-on-Sea community hall will be privileged to have Mark Collins share his amazing achievements in the most challenging of activities – adventure racing.
 
What drives someone to go beyond what seems to be the edge of human ability? Mark is someone who can answer that question.
 
Mark and his brother John first hit the headlines when they won the Camel Trophy 18 years ago, in a field where the two “boykies” from Sedgefield were total unknowns in the competition, but it was not just a once-off victory.
 
They went on to compete in various sporting competitions around the world, culminating in the challenge of a lifetime, expedition racing. Winning the event in South Africa, virtually in their domain on the Garden Route, gave them an entry into the Adventure Racing World Championship in Australia.
 
Adventure racing is a multidiscipline endurance sport where competitors compete in teams of four, navigating from control point to control point. There is mountain biking, trekking, kayaking, rope work, orienteering and, in Australia, even caving.
 
For success, the racers need to learn to race beyond their limits of physical and mental exhaustion. Fortunately, as an audience we can sit and relax while Mark enthrals us with his revelations of what it takes to go “beyond the wall”.
 
The doors open at 09:00 when tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Members pay R5 and nonmembers R10.
 
* Info: Judy Dixon 072-390-6667
 
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