Home of the Crocs ~ Founded in 2001
Home of the Crocs ~ Founded in 2001

Henk Carstens - 2007

Frustrated with the 15 man game and moving in next to the original Mtuba Qwagga, I started running the odd 5, 7 and 10km with Rudi Thiart. Seeing all his medals and photos, I convinced Rudi (and myself) to do the Comrades in 2004. Training was not hard, as our mindset was more on the comradeship than on the Comrades. We trained with another qwagga, Ruan Benadie and Sipho, also a novice. Training was fun as our motto for that year was "Isipepe, speed kills" or "Value for money", meaning that if there was a three hour cut-off, there will be an oil slick at 2:55 with one of the Qwaggas driving the bus. Since then, one of the Qwaggas relocated to Swaziland and the other became Mr Tired, but they are the ones who got me hooked.

Since I started running in 2003, I have completed four Comrades, three Longest Days, one Midlands 100-miler, with my second one coming up soon, a Triple Challenge and the 1000km Challenge for 2006/2007. I would suggest road running to anyone wanting to keep fit, loose weight, meet new people and see new places. I joined the Crocs because of the Qwaggas and have not regretted it one day. The Crocs are like a family, always there to encourage and help when it is needed, like I have learnt on my first Midlands 100-Miler when Trish got me back on my feet after hitting the wall.


Running is great, runners are great people and with a little bit of encouragement and effort, anyone can do it.