Accepting Challenges

The crown of glory is obtained by the sweat of your brow.

 

Everything worthwhile is obtained by degrees

I have discovered by my own experience how such a challenge can be successfully concluded.

It is simply by moving forward one step at a time.

A journey of a thousand miles,

Is commenced by taking the 1st step

I also know by my own experience how such a journey feels and hurts

What has the open road done for me?

It has opened my mind and heart to the hidden reaches of a hidden existence.

I am sure there have been times when you too have pondered the meaning of life.

And come to the conclusion that it must be more than just a daily routine.

Yes it is. It is what I can best describe as the challenge of self-discovery.

Which to my mind is undoubtedly the greatest challenge to face any man or woman?

It is also the most difficult,The grandeur and scenery of the country road

Often prompts me to reach down into the deeper levels of my being,

And there to experience a depth of thought I never knew existed.

It sometimes only takes a misty morning,

Or the warmth of the sun on my back to make that contact.

It is the beauty of being a part of ones environment that does it.

It puts one in tune with creation,

Then one knows what perfect harmony is all about.

When this happens,

These are the thoughts you don’t forget,

Or the moments, for which you are truly grateful,

This is when you experience the taste of real freedom

Like a bird set free from a cage.

Like Jonathon Livingston Seagul

But they who wait upon the LORD.

Renew their strength.

They shall mount up with wings of eagles.

They shall run and not be weary

They shall walk and not faint

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CV

 

 

Mavis Hutchison.

 

 

 

  • 1963   1st Woman to run A Standard Marathon,
  • 1963  Rand Daily Mail big Walk 80K 9hrs 35min
  • 1965  Balfour Park 20K 1st 3hrs 25min
  • 1965  Comrades Marathon 10hrs 7min
  • 1965  Harrismith Mountain Race
  • 1965  Pieter Korkie.
  • 1966 Comrades Marathon10hrs 45min
  • 1966  Rand daily Mail Big Walk 50K1st 6hrs 00
  • 1966  Pieter Korkie
  • 1966  Harrismith Mountain Race
  • 1967  Rand Daily Mail Big Walk 1st 50K6hrs 12min
  • 1967  Manageress Cross Country  Tour to  United Kingdom
  • 1967  Bluff 20K
  • 1968  Rand Daily Mail Big Walk 50K 1st 6hrs 14min
  • 1970  Cross Country Secretary Transvaal 5 Years
  • 1970  Pieter Korkie
  • 1971  Comrades Marathon 10hrs 55min
  • 1971  100 Miler + 24hrs Setting 4 World Records
  • 1972  Swaziland Marathon 4hrs 19min
  • 1973  Comrades Marathon 9hrs 7min
  • 1973  Germiston to Durban 602K 6 Days 13hrs
  • 1973  Springs 32K 2hrs 51min
  • 1073  100 Mile Walk Track + 24hrs
  • 1973  Rand Daily Mail Big Walk50K 1st 5hrs 58min
  • 1974  Durban to Germiston 602K 7 Days 7hrs
  • 1974  Karoo Marathon
  • 1974  Rand Daily Mail Big Walk 50K 5hrs 59min
  • 1975  Pretoria to Cape Town 1500K 22 Days 3hrs
  • 1976  Comrades Marathon
  • 1076  Germiston to Cape Town 1500K 19 Days 50 min
  • 1977  World Masters Games Gothenburg Sweden
  • 1977  Comrades Marathon 10hrs 36min
  • 1977  Messina to Johannesburg 7Days 7hgs
  • 1978 Los Angeles to New York 5000K 69 Days
  • 1978  Masters Marathon Cape Town
  • 1979  World Masters Games Hanover Germany
  • 1980  Masters Marathon Cape Town 3hrs 49min
  • 1980  John ‘O Groats to Lands End1800K 16 Days
  • 1980  Comrades Marathon 10hrs 18min
  • 1981  Comrades Marathon 10hrs 39min
  • 1981  Two Oceans Marathon
  • 1982 Kimberley to Cape Town 3200K 57 Days.
  • 1985 Cape Times Big Walk 32K 5h 2nin
  • 1986  Pretoria to Cape Town
  • 1989  Cape Times Big Walk32K 5hrs 5hr 30min
  • 1990  Cape Times Big Walk32K 4hrs 42min
  • 1992  Cape Times Big Walk 32K 4hrs 53min
  • 1992  Cape times Big Walk 32K 4hr 53min
  • 1993 World Masters Games Maizaki Japan World Masters Games
  •  2006 World Masters Games San Sebastian Spain
  • 2007 World Masters Games Riccione Italy
  • 2008 7th Africa Masters Games Mauritius

 

  • Competed in 5 World Games won 13 medals

 

  • 2 Gold
  • 8 Silver
  • 3 Bronze

 

7th Africa games Mauritius

4 gold Medals

 

Awards

 

1964 The South African Walker certificate of Merit

1965 Arthur Newton Award of Merit for Comrades Marathon

1969 Manager to Cross Country to Tour United Kingdom

1973 Fair Lady Honors List

1973 Germiston City Recognition for outstanding                       

        Achievement in the Athletic World

1975 Johannesburg Mini Council Outstanding Service to Athletics

1975 Kelly Sports Star of the Week

1978 Johannesburg Mini council Award for outstand Achievement

1978 Sports star of the Year

1978 Sate Presidents Award

1978 Pro Nutro Sporting Great

1980 Sports Star of the Year

1980 Kelly sports Star of the Week

1980 Johannesburg Mimi Council Contribution to Prestige of South Africa

1985 Recognition from Soroptimist International

1990 Masters Award for Service to the Sport

1993 Golden Achiviever Award

2001 Best Female Walker Track Highway Athletic Club

2002 Premier Golden Sports Award Outstanding contribution and Performance in Athletics

2002 Kwazula Natal Honours Mention

2004 Highway certificate of Appreciation

2004 Kwazulu Natal Special recognition2005 Athlete of the year Sasolburg athletic club

2005 Athlete of the year Free State

2008 Efflueni Municipality  Sporting Legend Award

2008 Special Award 46 Years in Athletics Oldest competitor at 7th Africa Games Mauritius

 

Provincial Colours

 

Southern Transvaal

Western Province

Natal

Free State

 

National Colours

 

1969 Cross Country

1991 Springbok Colours

1994 Masters National Colours

 

Active in Athletics since 1962 as a race Walker, Cross country runner. Marathon runner Ultra Marathons,

Track and Field in 100m 200m 400m 800m 1500m

500m Race Walk Shot Put Javelin Discus.

Establishing many records over the Years

 

Competed in

 

League

Provencal

National

International

World Events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How it all started

How it all started.

As a teenager I really wanted to be a good athlete. I was too scared in case I failed I really believe to be a winner is what if was all about nothing else mattered. How wrong can you be? My dad who was one of the top middle distance runners of his day he competed for his province and also played rugby for Griqualand West offered to coach me He was training the girls at the Convent where I went to school. I started out full of enthusiasm. I seemed to be getting nowhere fast. I told myself that if I did not have instant success I would never get there. I found excuses to give up I believe my dad was disappointed but he never forced me. I re started a few times but ended the same each time a failure. I was to be 37 before I tried again with six children a wonderful husband who supported me every inch of the long road to success.

Jesse and Allan two of my teenage sons were members of Johannesburg Harriers and Athletic Club. I realized I needed some form of exercise; I was a very unsure nervous type of person at the time. I started training with the two boys. W e used to go to the local golf club every afternoon. As a teenager I suffered three very unpleasant nervous break downs which all lasted three months that was including the convalescing I suffered my first break down at the age of twelve the 2nd I was 14 the 3rd I was 16.I had what is known as St vitus dance which affects your nervous system you loose control of the nervous system. I was unable to walk or talk or even use my finger to point at a glass of water. I was not even able to speak very well. As I got older things were no different. With six children a husband and a home to run I realized something had to be done. At the age of 37 I started with my new exercise programme, by going to the golf course with the boys slowly I realized I was getting fit my poor circulation seemed to be improving the chilblains I used to suffer every winter were no more and the black outs which were a regular occurrence for me was all of a sudden no more. Headaches, which used to be my constant companion, were getting less and less. I now decided I was ready for the Rand Daily Mail Big Walk the Rand Daily Mail was a daily newspaper in Johannesburg. The big walk 80.k, s from the Rand Daily Mail Head Office in Johannesburg to the Brakpan City Hall and back. My first year was a complete disaster after 35k.s. I had had enough the following year I tried again, and completed the distance in 9 ½ hours a new record for the distance. I then became one of the top walkers in the Republic. In 1965 I ran the Comrades Marathon the only woman in the race. I was forced to run unofficially it was a very unpleasant day there were a thousand times on that road I just wanted to give in and a thousand time I knew I had to keep going. That was when I first recognized the power of the mind and realized for the first time in my life that what I am is what I chose to be From walking I went to Cross Country then to ultra distances on the road. I now looked forward to a positive future with exciting goals and challenges.

I now realised everything is obtained by degrees, I discovered by my own experience how all challenges can be successfully concluded, it is simply by moving forward one step at a time. How glad I am that I have taken a few steps. In that direction how ever hard it may have seemed at the time. What has the open road done for me? It has opened my mind and heart to the hidden reaches of a hidden existence. I am sure there have been times when you to have pondered the meaning of life., and have come to the conclusion that it must be more than just a daily routine. Yes it is it is what I can best describe as the challenge of self-discovery. Which to my mind is the greatest challenge to face any man or woman, and it is also the most difficult. The granduer of scenery of the country road often prompts me to reach down into the deeper levels of my being and there to experience a depth of thought I never knew existed.. It sometimes only takes a misty morning or the warmth of the sun on my back to make that contact. It is the beauty of being a part of ones environment that does it It puts one in tune with creation then one knows what perfect harmony is all about. When this happens those are the thoughts you don’t forget or the moments for which you are deeply grateful. This is when you experience the taste of real freedom like a bird set free from a cage like Jonathan Livingston Seagull.

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SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 2010.12.26.

SUNDAY 8th DECEMBER 2010.12.26.

I will share more of my running experiences with you.

I ran my 1st Comrades Marathon in 1965,

It is run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban a distance of 96 kilometres known as the down run.

The following year it is run from Durban to Pietetmaritzburg known as the up run.

Only men were allowed to run as a woman I had to run unofficially. It was 10 years later the Comrades was opened to all runners woman and blacks in 1975. Today top10 medallists in the race are mostly black runners.

When I ran in1965 there was a record entry of 400 runners + one woman each runner had his own second who follows by car.

Today there is an entry of 4,000 to 6,000. Refreshment stations are supplied all along the route + 1st aid stations and toilets. Only official cars are allowed on the road during the race.

I have run 8 Comrades 4 unofficial 4 officials.

When the comrades was opened to all Athletes I was awarded the 4 medals for my unofficial runs.

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my first real entry

7th December 2010

Ian has set up a blog and web site for me thank you Ian
You have opened up a whole new world for me.
This is my 1st real entry. I will tell something about myself.

I was born 25 Nov 1924, my running career started in 1962.

Over the years I have run and walked 100 meters to 24 hours on the track

On the road I have run and walked distances from 3 kilometres to 5,000 kilometres.

When I started running the official distances for women was 800 meters.

Cross country started about 1964 I enjoyed cross country very much for me it was most enjoyable and exciting.

I was the first woman to run a standard marathon. In the early days I had to start a few minutes after the official race. I ran my 1st comrades marathon in 1965 unofficially the comrades was opened officially to women in 1975.

I am now running in Masters Athletics which is for Athletes from 30 years and over I compete in the 85 to 89 age group.

In 2009 I competed in Australia at the world masters games

I won 2 gold and 3 silver medals.

In 2011 the games will be in Sacramento California America. I would very much like to compete should I be lucky enough to obtain sponsorship

I train at the High School in Fish Hoek in Cape Town

Fish Hoek is very windy it is part or the route of the two oceans marathon.

I have competed in many countries over the years.

I feel very blessed to still be able to compete for me it has become a way of life.

I have learnt self discipline endurance perseverance patience.

A journey of a thousand miles is commenced by taking the 1st step I know how such a journey feels and hurts I also know how such a journey is successfully concluded that is by taking one step at a time, running across America took 6.000,000. Foot steps one agonising step at a time to get to the end of that challenge,

8th Dec 2011

I am impressed with all Ian has done to my Blog you have really gone out of your way thank you.

Today I would like to share with you some of countries I have competed in.

In 1969 I was manager of the 1st ladies cross country team to tour overseas. We went to the U.K. at a time South Africa was not very welcome overseas the team was very young. We did very well indeed I was very proud of our achievements.

Unfortunately when it came to the world championships which was held in Clyde Bank Scotland we were barred from competing. We were very disappointed.

1977 I competed in competed in Sweden where I established a new world record for the marathon. 5 medals

1978 the American run took place.

1979 I competed in Germany where I was only able to win one bronze medal

1980 the run across England.

1993 Japan no medals

2005 Spain 5 medals

2007 Italy 5 medals

2008 Mauritius 4 medals

2009 Australia 5 medals

Today has been a very good day for training I trained for about 2hrs starting with a 4 lap warm-ups 6 by 3 sets of drills 8 50 meter sprints 4 on the straight 4 on the bend.

4 by 100 meters. I felt good looking forward to my next training session

I am hoping to do 100 meters 200 meters 400 meters the shot and the javelin

This season.

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No running today – Rugby calls!

I am now in the Cape will be running for W.P.

hthrtht

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Pulling together information for the website

I am busy pulling together information for Gayle & Ian to put on the website.

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Hello from Mavis

Just a short note to say hello to my athlete friends.

I hope to update this blog as often as I can, and I look forward to hearing from past colleagues, friends and co-athletes from around the world.

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