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Robynne Klee, who finished studying her Bcom Marketing Management Degree at NMMU and also received an Honours Bursary for 2013 to do her post-grad in Business Management competed in this year’s Ironman 70.3 race in East London.

Read her story below:

“I recently completed my second Ironman 70.3 in Buffalo City on the 20th January, coming third in my age-group (18-24) with a time of 05:52:08.

The half ironman consists of a 1.9km swim, 90.1km cycle followed by a 21.1km run. This year the race was completely sold out by October with roughly 3500 participants, making it one of the biggest Ironman 70.3 races in the world. This race is also the 2nd most difficult Ironman 70.3 race course in the world.

I come from a swimming background but I only started triathlon about 2 and a half years ago after watching the full Ironman in Port Elizabeth. Last year I was selected for the Eastern Province Triathlon team as well as for the South African team to travel and race in New Zealand. I unfortunately couldn't travel to New Zealand due to University and work commitments.

I will be doing my first full Spec-Savers Ironman on the 14th April this year in Port Elizabeth, which is a 3.8km swim, a 180.2km cycle followed by a 42.2km run.

It was also really fantastic to see my lecturer, Dr van Eyk competing in her first half Ironman this year along with her husband.
I really want to encourage other people (especially students!) to give triathlon a go! It is such a wonderful way to meet new people and to stay healthy. Anyone can do it!-You just need to believe in yourself.”

Congratulations Robynne on this great achievement!