Mopani Pharmacy is very proud of our own sporting star in our midst. Since 2006, Giyani Blessing Mathebula has been part of the Mopani Team - first as a cashier, then as a merchandiser. For the past 5 years Giyani has been a First Aid Sales Consultant at the Crossing Centre Store; a role that he loves!
Giyani has also done something for the past 4 years most of us can only applaud; and this year, Giyani will be running his 5th consecutive Comrades Marathon!
Giyani is a member of the Nelspruit Marathon Club and he hopes to improve his time from 9.56 last year, to a sub 9.30 on this year’s down run. This is a great achievement as he only started competing in distances like this in 2013 - with the only other experience having been sprinting at school.
When asked what drew him to participate in this gruelling event, he says that at first, it was the atmosphere around it, but now he loves the mental challenge and how it builds mental strength and toughness. It teaches one not to give up and patience with oneself and others. He also loves the camaraderie of the participants.
It may not come as a surprise that he trains every morning. He runs 10 - 15km before work - every weekday morning leading up to the race, and stretches this distance to 40 - 50km over weekends. His sound knowledge of Mopani’s products helps him choose the best support for his training. He recommends products like 32GI Endure, Berocca, OsteoEeze and Omega 3,6 and 9.
The Mopani Pharmacy family will sure follow him during the race this Sunday! Simply download the Comrades Marathon 2018 App and search for Giyani using his race number 14649.
We wish him and all the other participants all the best for this year’s race!