The Middle Challenge

The Middle Challenge is a not a race. It’s an adventure outside the comfort zone. An adventure which shifts our perspective about what truly matters, and teaches us more about who we are and what we can achieve. Each challenge requires you to stand on a start line, navigate The Middle and reach the finish. … Read more

Finding Space in the Pondoland   

At 04h00 I listened to the voice note from Chris, a friend of mine who had invited me to join him on a MTB ride from Mboyti to Port Edward through the Pondoland. Having hiked and run this section a few times before I was keen to experience it by bike, a sport I have … Read more

List of Values

Here is a list of values you may like to look at for The Middle Journey online course. Authenticity Achievement Active Citizenship Adventure Autonomy Balance Boldness Compassion Courage Challenge Community Creativity Curiosity Fairness Faith Fame Friendships Fun Grit Growth Happiness Harmony Honesty Humor Inclusivity Influence Impact Justice Kindness Knowledge Leadership Learning Love Loyalty Meaningful Work … Read more

44 Hours in The Middle.

It was 6am. The three of us stood anxiously at the finish line. 44 hours ago, a cowbell had signalled the start of the UTD160. A small crowd was  gathered, staring out at the mountains looking for the sign of the few remaining runners still out there. It was an hour from cut off. One … Read more

When Times are Dark

When this pic was taken we had pretty much run 42km of the UTD160. The sun was setting, and the temperatures were plummeting. I was reminded of the race directors face at the start when he requested, rather urgently, that we take every layer we could for the night stage. We knew it was going … Read more

100 Miles to The Finish.

Many have asked me why I choose to run 100 miles. The answer is layered. Sitting right in the center of it all is the fact that taking on a challenge like that changes you forever. Here’s what I mean. The transformation starts way before you reach the start line. It starts on the day … Read more

HOW TO NAVIGATE THE LAST STRETCH (Part 1 of 3)

Not many people would call themselves an endurance athlete. That’s reserved for the ultra-runners, the long-distance swimmers, the hardcore adventurers etc.  Take a moment and consider what you have navigated since March 2020. That has taken endurance. We may not be that different to all those endurance athletes after all! All of us have had … Read more

HOW TO FINISH WELL

If The Middle is where our stories are written, the finish is where we get to stop and read the chapters we’ve written. 2020 is done. As mentioned in The Middle Book, a finish is simply a transition to a new start. Then we are back in The Middle.  Thankfully, The Middle is what we are … Read more