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Local running legend Mike Cowling to raise funds for charity

Local running legend and former University of KwaZulu-Natal Dean of the Law Faculty, Mike Cowling (77) will be running this year’s Comrades Marathon to raise funds for the Pietermaritzburg-Durban Community Chest.

The retired academic and Hilton resident is aware that the up-run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg won’t be a walk in the park and on a bad day it may easily become a “mission impossible”.

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On Wednesday, he told The Witness that although his age may be a big concern to many, to him it’s a lifetime task that needs to be done in order to be at peace with his heart.

“This is like a chorus that always plays in my heart. Trust me … it’s right there in my heart and always says, if you can do it, do it. If my body still agrees I will always run for charity,” said Cowling.

Cowling, who will be running his 44th Comrades Marathon on June 9, has previously raised funds for a couple of schools in Ezinketheni and Edendale. Besides overcoming his hectic Comrades Marathon training, Cowling this year had knee and shoulder surgeries.

I fell when I was running in the bush and I damaged my knee. I was also unfortunate again when I fell backwards when running down the hill and I hurt my shoulder

His mission is to raise R44 000 and has managed to collect about R30 000 so far.

To support him, you can go to the Comrades Marathon website and click on the Race for Charity tab to find Cowling’s fundraiser.

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