- The tragedy of her daughter's passing motivated Namhla Motsukunyane to do her best during this year's Comrades Marathon and helped her see it through and do better than last year
- She was supported by her running club, Fat Cats, one of whom helped her carry a banner in memory of her daughter, Lesedi, for the last few kilometers
- Her memory of her daughter kept her going when it became difficult, and she ran to honor the spirit and the life of her lost loved one
Namhla Motsukunyane nearly gave up on her dream of completing her second Comrades Marathon, she reported to the Sowetan Live. A month before the marathon, her youngest daughter was killed in an accident. But in the end, it inspired her to finish the race. Her finishing time improved by an astounding 48 minutes.
Her 7-year-old daughter was in an accident while at her grandmother's house in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg. The girl was hospitalized, but sadly passed away after 5 days on the 17th of May.
Encouraged by her family to continue training, Namhla ran the 90 km ultra marathon. She did it in honor of her daughter, Lesedi. The banner she carried had a portrait of Lesedi on it. A member of her running club, the Fat Cats, help her carry it for the last 8 km's which, as Briefly.co.za has been told, can be the most difficult part of the race.
Her sideline supporters included her husband, Thuso, and their surviving daughter, Orefilwe. Minutes after crossing the finish line in tears, she told the Sowetan: "My daughter's spirit carried me all the way." The tragedy that touched her family had made her stronger.
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