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Monday, November 4, 2013

Sadness and Happiness

Yesterday brought some sadness and happiness for me.

Sadness

An old running friend, André Heydenrych, lost his battle with cancer. André is a legend among runners here in South Africa and must be close to holding the record for most races run. Probably very close to 2000 if not a few more. My condolences to his family and all his friends.


Rest in peace André, you will be missed on the road.

Happiness

South African runner Lusapho April finished 3rd in the New York marathon yesterday! Competing against the best in the world and finishing on the podium is certainly a great achievement.


Well done Lusapho!

Have a good week everyone!


15 comments:

Kate Geisen said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I'm glad your day was brightened by your countryman's success. :)

Michael said...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Over 2000 races in his lifetime, wow, that is quite amazing. Sounds like a true loss for the running community.

Very nice that Lusapho got 3rd at NY. That's awesome!

coach dion said...

Thought it would be a long time before we as SA had a top marathoner again, way to go Lusapho...

Robin said...

So sorry to hear of the loss of your friend to cancer....too many lost this way. I was thrilled to see your fellow countryman cross the finish line in NY (watched on TV). He was so happy!

Henry Hank Guardado said...

So sorry to hear he lost his bout with cancer. Prayers are with him and his family.

Kovas Palubinskas said...

Condolences to his family.

It was great fun to watch the NYC marathon on TV yesterday, amazing how fast they run

BabyWeightMyFatAss said...

What an amazing life your friend had. Sorry for your loss.

misszippy said...

What a bittersweet day for you, indeed. Very sorry to hear about Andre. He sounds like he led an amazing life.

Nice to see that someone broke the Kenyan/Ethiopian stranglehold yesterday--congrats to S Africa!

Mark said...

So sorry about the loss of your friend.

ajh said...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. How nice of you to honor him.

Raina said...

My condolences to Mr. Heydenrych's family. He will be missed.
Congrats to SA for making it to the podium at NYC! That's a big accomplishment.

Jerry Smallwood said...

So sad about André Heydenrych but let us hope his legacy lives on through his family and friends.

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Definitely a bitter-sweet weekend in South Africa. RIP Andre.

Amy said...

So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.

Liz said...

Sad news about your friend.

I watched the NYC marathon online and it was pretty exciting. A very string field, so great running by your compatriot!