Marzaan Aldridge, Adriaan Aldridge, Fukama Ramakokobo, Reggie Hufkie
Marzaan Aldridge, Adriaan Aldridge, Fukama Ramakokobo, Reggie Hufkie

Team BackTrack was spoiled with world class performances, beautiful windy weather and great movie-making opportunities in our one week visit to the beautiful Cape Town.

We excitedly started our journey to Cape Town on Monday morning and were soon struck with car problems; car problems that left us stranded in a small ‘dorpie’ just outside Bloemfontein for more than six hours. However, whilst waiting for a tow-truck to come to our rescue, we took advantage of the opportunity to play some nice ‘hacky-sack’ to see which person in the team had the best skills. It was also during this waiting period that we witnessed the people of South Africa’s helpfulness and camaraderie when nothing less than three people in cars stopped and offered help! South Africa is indeed a beautiful country.

The trip continued safely and we arrived in Cape Town exactly one hour before the ASA night series at the beautiful Greenpoint stadium. We got to the stadium just in time for the schools relay races after which we saw familiar faces all round. Taking the limelight at the Night Series was Caster Semenya and Elroy Gelant who both took advantage of the coast by qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rio in the 800m and 5000m respectively. Alyssa Conley, Tebogo Mamathu and Henricho Bruintjies also did really good under the weather conditions whereas Rantso Mokopane also ran a very good 8min37sec 3000m steeple-chase race in preparation to qualify for Olympics in this race. There was an electrifying atmosphere at the stadium and it was really great to see all the athletes, coaches, fans, media and quite a few people coming out in support of the sport we love so dearly. On Thursday evening, on the other hand, two of the team’s athletes competed at the UCT Athletics Club’s Easter Athletics meeting where Adriaan won the men’s 800m men’s race whilst Fukama ran a personal best in the men’s 1 mile race. I Reggie, on the other side, also enjoyed a few race walking training sessions at the Parow Athletics Track and Coetzenburg after being side-lined for almost a year, so watch the space (hehe). The windy conditions didn’t stop the two athletes who work so hard yet still try their best on the track, so well done Fukama and Adriaan.

Off the track we also made use of the opportunity to shoot a few good shots for a project we are currently busy with. We worked with some of the country’s best up-coming athletes and legends and we want to thank you the following people for their contribution: Elana Meyer (South African Olympic legend), Paul Gorries (South African track legend), Colleen de Reuck (South African/American marathon legend), Caroline Wostman (2015 Comrades and Two Oceans marathon champion), Tamzin Thomas (National sprint champion), Geraldine King (national high jump champion), Leanda de Bruyn (WP athlete and u/23 silver medallist) , Merlin Klaaste (national cross country star), Jason Koopman (WP athlete) etc. Whilst busy with the shooting of the project, we also attended a press conference held for top two oceans athletes from KPMG athletics club who partook in Saturday’s running festivities around the striking mountains. A lot of photos and videos were taken and a lot of memories were made.

A special thanks to Leanda de Bruyn and her family for hosting us, Athletics South Africa and Octagon for allowing us to capture all the athletics footage and for the people of Cape Town and Stellenbosch! We would like to do the same in all the provinces and cities across the country to capture the talent that deserves to be heard about. South Africa is overflowing with athletics talent and we are out to prove the world that track is back!!