The chase is on…

After a great run over the Sydney Harbour Bridge last Sunday with Francois we are both back to training to get ready for the next challenge

Francois’s injured ankle hold up well during our 10km race in 61min and I have no doubt that he will be in top shape for his first New York Marathon in November.

First however he will have to get on his tandem bike and chase me down at the Ned Kelly Chase.

I changed my start time for this 100km race to 11pm on Saturday night – giving me an 8 hour head start before Francois and his driver put on their helmets and start the chase. 8 hours hopefully gets me somewhere between 65 – 70km into the run so considering the tandem will be three times as fast as me shuffling towards the finish line there is a good chance for Francois to catch me.

The bets are one – support my cause, restoring sight to needlessly blind people by making a donation to The Fred Hollows Foundation, if you believe I make it to the finish before Francois or boost Francois fundraising for Achilles Australia, a charity close to my heart, helping people with a disability enjoying the outdoors running and walking.

Markus is going to make it –> donate here

Francois will catch Markus –> donate here


Catch me if you can

Training on track for Sydney Running Festival in two weeks time. Has been a while since Francois and I ran together, so I really look forward to guiding Francois at the half-marathon and showing him some sights of Sydney along the way. But a bigger challenge lays ahead. Francois is training hard for the New York City Marathon in November, representing (and fundraising for) Achilles Australia.

I thought he needs some cross training along the way. So I signed up for a special event for both of us – the 100km Ned Kelly Chase in Wangaratta.

Running a100 km foot race is quite challenge as you know.

And yes, you may think, not again, he has been there, done that, right?

But throw in an ironman ready to catch me before I reach the finish line and it is a whole different ball game, even with a nine hours head-start!


That’s right – Francois, an ironman and ultra-runner extraordinaire, together with his partner, will try to catch me on their tandem (below photo shows Francois on tandem bike at the Specsavers Ironman in South Africa)

Running or cycling – Let’s do it for Fred! Help us end avoidable blindness!