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Two women to run from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 21 days in aid of cancer treatment

By Jesica Slabbert - Sep 5, 2017
Two women to run from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth in 21 days in aid of cancer treatment

Two Port Elizabeth women, Belinda Davis and Sharon Jessop, are hoping to raise awareness and money in aid of cancer treatment and will be embarking on what they have aptly called the Hi-5 Hope Run, which will see them run from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth over a period of three weeks.

The run is over 1 200km and they have planned to run an average distance of 57.5km a day in order to complete the challenge in time. That is the equivalent of more than a Two Oceans Marathon, every day for 21 consecutive days!

Speaking to reporters, the duo said that they will be accompanied by a support crew consisting of one driver of their support vehicle as well as a social media spokesperson to keep supporters updates on their progress.

“Not only is the run symbolic of the cancer patients’ daily battle with cancer, but also to raise awareness with regards to alternative therapies, such as Virotherapy when traditional treatments fail them,” said Sharon Jessop.

“The ultimate goal is to establish a Virotherapy Centre right here in Port Elizabeth,” explained Sharon.

Sharon and Belinda, along with their support team will travel to Cape Town on the 14th of September to prepare for their journey. On the 17, they will be participating in the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to start the first leg of their journey.

“All marathon and ultra-distance runners will agree with us that just running a marathon is already a major feat, so when you start running these types of distances over consecutive days, you really challenge your body tremendously. It is however, nothing compared to the pain, suffering and battle a cancer patient faces daily while fighting this horrible disease.”

For more information on the Hi-5 Hope Run follow them on their Facebook page or check out their website.