Thinus Corah is a young man who was born on Auldearn Farm 31 years ago. He grew up on the farm and now works as a general worker here.
In 2007 Thinus decided to take up marathon running. That same year he ran twelve 21km races, three marathons (42km) and even the Two Oceans (56km). It was soon evident to people in the know that Thinus has a great talent for marathon running and it was suggested that he tackle the Comrades. And so in 2008, less than a year after starting his new hobby, Thinus qualified for and participated in his first Comrades Marathon and came home with a Bill Rowan medal (silver bronze) after completing the race in 7hrs 45min.
The following two years Thinus earned two silver medals back-to-back in 7hrs 04min and 7hrs 09min respectively. This year in 2011 Thinus ran his fourth Comrades and although he came home with his third silver (6hrs55min) he missed the Wally Haywood medal by only 25 minutes! He definitely intends on getting it next year.
Thinus describes the atmosphere at the Comrades as magnetic. Due to his fast times he of course starts off in the A group amongst all the World Champions. The excitement is overwhelming but once they get going the only focus is on running the race and when it’s over one is physically and mentally exhausted but at the same time utterly satisfied.
Thinus’ next big dream is to run in the London Marathon in April 2012 for which he already qualifies. The only thing standing in his way is finding a Sponsor to cover the costs of flights, accommodation and entrance fees.
~ Written by Debi Viljoen, Project Coordinator Auldearn ~