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Braam Malherbe on Running the Great Wall of China

Tim Noakes and Braam Malherbe

Braam Malherbe and Lewis Gordon-Pugh are both “world first” athletes: Braam having run the entire Great Wall of China and Lewis for having swum in all the world’s oceans. Unfortunately the “human polar bear” couldn’t attend the session, but it gave the audience more time to learn about China and Braam’s incredible adventures there.

Achieving the ImpossibleThe Great RunLore of Running

Malherbe brought along some video and slides of the China emphasizing what an enormous undertaking the adventure was for both him and the team. It turns out that running around 40 km per day in temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius and below 10 degrees Celcius gives one time to think. Braam concluded that the greatest error or sin in life is that of mediocrity.

Quote of the hour: “For me what makes the ordinary, extraordinary is having dreams.” -Braam Malherbe

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