For some of the Wild Coast 3000 team, this was a first ever visit to South Africa, and for others, a welcome return to this beautiful and fascinating country. Regardless, we all know well that South Africa is a land of great complexity. A land whose famously difficult history makes it all the more enriching to visit. This week, alongside putting our bodies through their paces, we were lucky enough to give our imaginations a good workout too as we listened to a compelling storyteller, Michael Charton (“Charts”) who uncovered the crucial dynamics of South Africa’s complex history through his unique, four-part story series called “My Father’s Coat.” This was a hugely inspiring way to spend our evenings, reflecting on the country we were crossing and we’ve all returned a whole lot better educated and inspired. To find out more about Charts and his storytelling project, visit www.inheritsouthafrica.com, or take a look at some of his mini-documentaries on his Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBZz6IX_rHHLj27l8S_LELA.
Also worth noting that Charts is a fine runner himself- about to take on the legendary Comrades ultra- and can make a fine cup of support van coffee, to boot- an invaluable team member!