Feige is the co-founder of Nutreats. She has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Witwatersrand and works in retail design. Apart from her day job she’s also a graphic designer, writer and runner. She is passionate about helping people reach their goals, creating new things, and active living. When she’s not drawing retail spaces you can find her on her laptop mastering code, cupcake in hand.
Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. A Wits University graduate, she earned a Bcom (Hons) (Cum Laude) in Business Management. She’s a writer, runner and passionate about the 3 f’s – food, fashion and fitness. When she’s not inhaling the latest news, trends and ideas you can find her in the kitchen figuring out how to turn a broccoli head into a meal.
Physiotherapist, Tour company manager, Dog lover, Adventure craver, Endurance Racer (Bike, Run, Swim, Paddle & &…), Thrill Seeker, Wine Drinker, Explorer (of life and all things tasty), Web designer, Candy Eater (life is better with a sugar high), Yes-Girl
Adrian Penzhorn is a registered dietician and sports scientist. Adrian is also the founder of Food For Sport which promotes proactive health and performance through nutrition.
Abby Courtenay, RD (SA) is an associate dietitian at Nutritional Solutions Sandton and Melrose branches. She has a special interest in all aspects of maternal, infant & child nutrition but also has extensive experience with weight loss and helping adults live a healthier life. To make a booking with Abby please call reception at 011 023 8051/2 or visit Nutritional Solutions at http://www.nutritionalsolutions.co.za/.
Founder of B2R, occasional lawyer and wife. Member of winning ladies team Comrades 2014. Sub 3 hour marathoner and chief supporter of B2R elites. Learn more about Born 2 Run http://born2runac.co.za/
Belinda is co-founder of Black Mountain, and is a copywriter and marketing professional who graduated with a Business Science degree from UCT. Following this, she spent eight years in the UK working for international publishing houses Penguin Books and Harlequin. Her publishing experience has given her an intense appreciation for the power of words, while her marketing background means she understands how to speak to consumers in a way that converts them into customers. She is also a qualified proofreader and copy editor, and in her spare time blogs about her parenting exploits at Making Mountains.
Brandon is the Founder of Pure Athlete Performance. He is a sport scientist and endurance specialist. Brandon's passion as a coach to help athletes, ranging from recreational to professional, to achieve their true athletic potential has led to numerous national and continental championships under his guidance.
Blake is Proudly South African, A Lover of life, Sales Manager, Believer that anything is possible, World Changer, Adventurer, DO-IT-ALL (runner, cyclist, triathlete, hiker, lifesaver, swimmer, rower) and Socialite. He also loves dressing up (Mostly in pink). Beer Drinker and Pink Drive Ambassador.
Chris is an Ultra Runner (Road & Trail) and a sports nut. He’s an avid Red Wine drinker, but not a connoisseur, “That would require knowing more than is this nice?”. He has been happily married for many years and a devoted dad of three. He's a reader, writer and coffee addict who has a child-like thirst for knowledge. Chris believes that Life is Good!
Carly Barnes is part of the brand team at Purple Group. With a passion for storytelling, her experience spans across the media, marketing and content sectors. She holds a BA Honours Degree in live performance from AFDA and was previously Deputy Editor of a popular film and television magazine. As Brand Manager for EasyEquities Carly seeks to empower all South African’s to engage with the stock market – growing their wealth and the economy at large – on the cheapest, easiest platform around.
8 time OMTOM finisher. 6h37 Comrades Marathon. Founder of Born 2 Run Athletics Club and B2R Joburg Chairperson. Learn more about Born 2 Run: http://born2runac.co.za/
Dr Martin graduated from Wits Technikon with a Masters degree in Chiropractic in 2004. He also has a diploma in Craniosacral therapy and has a special interest in Functional medicine. He is a keen reader of Chiropractic philosophy and applies holistic healing philosophy to his practice. After 10 years in practice he went into a venture in the corporate world where he was assisting in and creating wellness days and corporate wellness programs for large corporations. This was however not where ‘Doc Marty’ was being fulfilled and he decided to go back into private practice full time in 2014. Dr Martin also enjoys giving health talks on optimising health and wellness, and in conjunction with Suits and Sneakers (an exciting entrepreneurial platform) has given talks to up to two hundred people at a time. He hopes to continue with his public speaking and coaching in the future to many more thousands of people. Nothing makes him happier than having a busy practice with as many patients as possible receiving Chiropractic care and his vision is to build a truly all-encompassing and progressive wellness centre.
Elizabeth is originally from the UK and moved to Cape Town 9 years ago, where she fell in love with South Africa. She has a Masters in Paediatric Nursing from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Public Health from the University of Cape Town. She has spent time working in rural areas throughout South Africa and has worked for the Human Milk Bank, Milk Matters for the past 7 years as well as being a lecturer at the University of Cape Town. Elizabeth started working for the Jenna Lowe Trust in 2014 and spent the last couple of years caring for Jenna and working with international specialists in the field. She now dedicates her time to educating healthcare professionals on how to diagnose and treat Pulmonary Hypertension (PH). Elizabeth also facilitates a monthly PH clinic at Groote Schuur.
After successfully completing multiple Comrades Marathons Esther Patience set her eyes on IronMan. She has been training consistently since 2013 and dreams of the day she’ll get to experience the magic red carpet.
Grace is a creative wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a natural light photographer inspired by nature, beauty and life’s little candid moments. She is also a lifestyle blogger at http://gracecharlotte.co.za/blog/. A year ago she started her fitness journey towards a healthier life.
Grant is married to Zena and they have 1 adopted child and 2 biological children. Although Grant claims to have always hated running, apparently due to the harsh training he endured during his national service, he has gone on to run in excess of 70 half marathons, 10 marathons and 8 ultra marathons since he started actively running in 2010. Grant is an avid Red Socker and is your typical back-of-the-pack runner; normally finishing just within the cut-off time, taking the opportunity to chat to loads of people on the way and generally having fun. His best races times are 2 hours 3 minutes for a 21.1km, 3 hours 18 minutes for a 32km and 4 hours 31 minutes for a 42.2km. Grant managed to successfully complete the Comrades Marathon on his third attempt in 2016. He hopes to one day break 2 hours for a half marathon.
Heather is married to Jason and together they have 3 kids. She started running in University. A regular podium finisher she has a half marathon PB of 91 minutes, a Marathon PB of 3 hours 5 minutes and a Comrades Marathon PB of 8 hours 4 minutes. Heather’s children often accompany her to races to support and second and her two youngest plan to follow her footsteps by completing the Comrades Marathon. Completing 3 Comrades while juggling a full-time job and kids has taught her that we are all capable of so much more than we think, and that there is always time in the day for the things that matter to you. She hopes that somewhere along the way she has passed this on to my children or maybe even a fellow runner. In July, Heather will be relocating to Switzerland with her family.
Jax is a Health & Fitness enthusiast from Johannesburg, SA. She loves Running, Boxing and Strength Training. She is also slightly obsessed with EDM (Electronic Dance Music). Follow Jax on instagram, facebook and soundcloud @JHBeats_ or on her blog www.jhbeats.co.za
Jillian is a 50 year old, single Mom to Leah (18) and Daitin (14). She started riding in her final year of University after saving up money to buy her first bicycle. She rode for freedom and fun and slowly became competitive. In 1998 she went to the World Champs in Austria, where she raced 3 races, placing 6th on a Hill climb Time Trial. In 2011 she decided to try mountain biking and soon started winning shorter distance races. She still rides for fun. “It's not about winning or losing,it’s about choosing to do the sport I love!”
Kelly is a mom of 3 small boys and dedicated runner's wife. She has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and comes from a diverse sporting background. When time permits, Kelly enjoys swimming-especially open water events. Along with running a small marketing business in SA, an online store in the UK, a Facebook group of nearly 50 000 members and various charitable causes, her new found passion is writing about life with her Runner Guy.
Luci is a 28 year old health and fitness enthusiast who enjoys functional training, running, drumming and yoga. A number cruncher by day and heavy metal drummer by night, Luci loves punk and heavy metal music. She’s a sun lover, beach bum, married to the perfect man with 3 fur kids. Find Luci on Instagram at @fit_metalhead
Paula Quinsee is a Relationship Expert speaker and author of the self-help guide Embracing Conflict. Paula works with individuals and organisations to cultivate healthy relationships in both personal and professional arenas by focusing on personal growth and development. Go to www.paulaquinsee.com for more info.
Phindi Gule is a well-known South African media maven, who has had an incredible career on radio, as a columnist and within the corporate sector. She’s passionate about keeping fit and healthy which led her to completing her first Comrades Marathon in 2012 and a historical run across KZN in April 2016 together with her husband Kevin Burley. Phindi Gule founded the DurbanNite Race and is an ambassador of the Comrades Marathon, The Mandela Marathon, The Total Sports Women’s Race, New Balance, SANBS, Adopt a Child Foundation and the Global Face of Durban.
WarriorRic (aka Ricardo Gressel) helps people and companies achieve ultimate success through overcoming their fears and living their brand! A motivational artist and change agent touching heart, mind and soul through adventure fringe sports and corporate team building.
Ryno is the content co-ordinator for GetSavvi Health medical insurance. He regularly writes about health and lifestyle topics and manages GetSavvi Health’s social media pages. A Journalism graduate from the University of Pretoria, he worked as a hard news journalist before making his way to marketing. He loves his two beautiful Labradors, and when he is not walking them on the beach, he’s probably trying to follow his own health and lifestyle advice by trading in the take-aways for a healthy, home-cooked meal.
Stephan ‘Stevie’ Griesel is an IT Security Engineer/Security Consultant/Geek who relocated to the Netherlands recently. He spends way too much time in front of his computer(s), but likes to stay active. He runs a lot (very fast), does Functional Training & Bootcamp. He is a self-confessed Healthy pro, “I like eating plants (haha)” but he’s also all about Coffee coffee coffee. Follow his adventures on www.wijrun.com
Tegan Burger has been teaching yoga since 2012. She’s completed Living Yoga's Teacher Training; teacher training with Jim Harrington including his 500 hour (advanced) training; and the 300 hour Jivamukti Teacher Training in New York with David Life and Sharon Gannon. Tegan is currently a BSc in Nutritional Science. Tegan credits yoga to helping her keep in check with herself and more in tune with her true self.
Torsten Koehler was born in 1965 and was raised in Nambia. After being diagnosed with testicular cancer in his thirties, he started the Love Your Nuts campaign. His book “Love your nuts” was published in German in 2004 and in English in 2011. He currently lives in Cape Town where he is following his passions – photography and design – after leaving the teaching profession in 2005.