Two Oceans Half Marathon

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When Graeme Keehn called to ask if Damian would like to join him on the Two Oceans 21.1km half marathon – I didn’t think I’d need to convince Damian. I was right. After doing the Gun Run with Graeme last year, Damian told me he wants to go again – and next time I must stay home! I love to be with Damian on his adventures, but the Gun Run made me realise my limitations – so I was thrilled that Damian would get to join in the Two Oceans experience.

The evening before, we were at a Good Friday dinner and just before 8pm Damian told me it was time to go home because he was doing a run in the morning. I was moved to see his enthusiasm! For me, it was a little challenging to get Damian to the start by 5:30 am. This meant we needed to leave home at 4:30am to make allowance for traffic – which meant I needed to wake up at 3:30am to make allowance for my slow start to the  mornings!

I am so grateful that Michelle offered to join me. She met us at home at 4:30 and we travelled together – very much welcome having help to find my way. We met Graeme and his daughter at the parking lot, quickly got Damian comfy in the jogger and off they went to be at the start in time.

We three ladies took a slow stroll to the start, waited to hear that Graeme and Damian were off and then found the Wimpy as soon as possible for early morning coffee. We then made our way to the finish line to peek through the crowds to see the two superheroes crossing.

I wasn’t there along the route to gauge Damian’s experience- but if you look at the grin below… it is obvious how much he enjoyed it!

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Lion’s Head

Lions Head

On 21st March we put into action our longtime plans of climbing Lion’s Head. We had a perfect morning and arrived at around 10am. Being a public holiday there were many other hikers on the route as well. The stretch up until the actual climbing starts wasn’t too strenuous and we took an easy walk. However, the section where the rocks start becomes a little trickier when carrying a child on your back and eventually, just before the place with the chains we have heard so much about, we had to decide that with two children being carried, and not having done the climb on our own, it was a bit risky. Not so much the climbing up as the trying to get back down. We agreed that perhaps us two mommies carrying our children should attempt it on our own on another occassion, before trying to get our little ones to the top.

It was a wonderful morning out anyway with spectacular views and scenery. I look forward to attempting it at another time and getting Damian to the top.