Northern Cape BWD Rally, Theme:Missional Woman, The just Shall live by faith, Habakkuk2:4, Venue: Batley West, Date:29-30 October 2022
Northern Cape BWD Rally, Theme:Missional Woman, The just Shall live by faith, Habakkuk2:4, Venue: Batley West, Date:29-30 October 2022
It was a privilege to be part of this prestigious race the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultra Marathon. I entered the race not sure if it will go ahead or it will be canceled again but I entered trusting that it will go ahead as I was looking forward for the Cape Town Mountain running.
Cape Town Mountain running challenge Cape Town’s most prestigious race, the Two Oceans Marathon Ultra, takes athletes on a spectacular course around the Cape Peninsula. It is often voted the most breathtaking course in the world.
The event is run under the auspices of World Athletics (WA), Athletics South Africa (ASA) and Western Province Athletics (WPA).
56km (35 miles)
17 April 2022
Main Road corner Dean Street, Newlands
UCT Rugby Fields, Upper Campus, Rondebosch
42.2km sub 5:00
50km sub 6:30
56km sub 7:00
90km sub 12:00
100+km sub: 13:30
7 HOURS MAT TO MAT
First thing first congratulations to Gerda for her winning the Ultramarathon for the third time and breaking the record read more about it on
Leaders board for the event is as follows:
We are going through a lot as country just after Covid-19 now KZN floods this event made a conducive environment for people from all walks of life to meet and socialize but most we call ourselves social runners running under hashtag running with Tumi Sole on social networks or social media.
The event was a great experience celebration of culture with variety of tribes all running as one nation. I met great people amongst them Vuvu who is a uniter in the running sphere
Not forgetting to mention my follow team of runners who we saw fit to give life to the event in terms of real time content
I made research on reviews about the race and found one which is perfect so my review on dwell much on the route per se but rather on the vibes part of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon event. see route review by Mkhululi Jack -I asked his permission to feature his article on my blog
Support was massive
I did collect the 56km finishers blue medal
My race results
Just for laughter entry from big names in the running circles including Social RunnersSA Chirman Adam:
I arrived at Cape Twon ahead of the event and this is my blog entry before the race https://siphiwebillysigudla.com/2022/04/09/i-am-excited-to-be-taking-part-in-this-2022-of-the-total-sports-two-oceans-ultral-marathon-on-17-aprilthe-2022-edition-after-two-years-of-hard-lock-down/
Review a Race review starts with key details like date, distance, and your participation status (first-timer, repeat runner, volunteer, etc). That I have done above already in my opening
Rate it: Five required ratings ask you to evaluate (on a scale of 1 to 5 shoes) your overall experience as well as course difficulty, course scenery, event production, event swag, and even (optional) your own performance. (Each rating is independent of the others.) I will rate the event 5 and my finish time result is 06:38:13
Thanks again to The Total Sports Two Oceans team
The experience is unique. I found online a better route review so I figured let me ask permission from the author and feature it and I won’t have to worry about writing about the details of the route as someone has https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1516040240116416518?t=bMfHY17IxHeQi-ILnYzp3w&s=19 done that already see
This review was a contribution to the race from a participant and a continued support from first review I wrote in 2019 after I participated in the Oldmutual Two Oceans Marathon see blog entry : my Totalsports Two Oceans Ultramarathon highlight is past Erf sign 4426, Greenwood Cottage, Main Road, Hout Bay45 km 20 metres past Phantom Acres entrance, Main Road, Hout Bay46 km150 metres from top of Constantia Nek30 kmNear top of little Chapman’s Peak31 km Just around big corner above surfing spot (Noordhoek Beach), Chapman’s Peak32 kmUnder overhang 100m before tunnel, Chapman’s Peak33 km Last view site (now closed to public) before top of Chapman’s Peak34 km100m before first corner on descent, Chapman’s Peak35 km On corner at small stream, Chapman’s Peak 36 km Opposite watervalletjie sign, Chapman’s Peak Drive37 km 100m past Toll Notice Board, Chapman’s Peak38 kmOutside No 1 Chapman’s Peak Flats, Hout Bay this where I loosen up and enjoyed the race . I will stop here until next race.
Siphiwe Billy Sigudla
Let me preface this Race Route Review (RRR) by sharing with you that Border Athletics (BORA) runners are the ones who insisted that I look at the Two Oceans 56km Ultra Marathon (TOM) route profile and use my own experience of running the race to write a RRR. I write RRRs for our local races as an attempt to help our runners to have a plan on race day. Interestingly, their request came at right time because running TOM without a plan is like cooking without eating…ooopppssss…..Is it eating without cooking? As one author said a long time ago that “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” Those words motivated me to take up the challenge and do my first ever RRR of an international race.
It’s been two full years since we have experienced The Most Beautiful Marathon in the world, TOM. We have been starving for it, we do not even care how they treat us as they prepare for TOM 2022, we are here in Cape Town because we love them. Why do they call it Two Oceans? The reason is that it passes both oceans surrounding the South African shoreline – the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Coincidentally, TOM is a race of two halves – easy first half and a challenging second half. The first half begins at 23m above sea level and ends at 30m – the highest point on this section is 76m at 3.3kms. The second half begins at 31m above sea level and ends at 89m at University of Cape Town (UCT) – the highest point on this section is 228m at 47.4kms (Constantia Neck) and the second highest is 198m at 32.4kms (Chapmans Peak). The lowest you can go in the second half is 6m above sea level at 40.4kms (Hout Bay). Having given that elevation statistics, I feel like stopping the RRR here and ask runners the following question: Now that you have that information at your disposal, what do you think you need to do? Whatever answer I would get, that would be a plan that TOM requires. However, let me give you a blow-by-blow, KM-by-KM of what to expect and do on the route.
1. Start to 3.3kms – The first 3.3kms of TOM is an invisible climb in the dark and it needs to be treated with respect. With the staggered start that will be implemented, its going to be very difficult to start easy, force yourself to start easy in the dark.
2. 3.3kms to 12.3kms – This is the easiest section of the whole race, it’s still dark, you are still fresh and a 9km descend begins at 74m to 4m above sea level. Any easy section at TOM, you will be required to increase your pace in order to make up/bank some time that you will lose on the climbs/hills. For example, if I will be driving the sub 5hour bus, our average finish pace is 5:20/km, on this area the bus will move at the speed of 4:50-5:05 to bank some time that we will lose on the climbs. Make up some time here but do not be explosive!
3. 12.3kms to 21.1kms – The descend ends and the route becomes flat, you probably have some time iĺn your bank, the pace will need to be reduced and maintained for another 9kms. For example, my sub 5hour bus would need to play around 5:00-5:10/km. If you are struggling to maintain a steady pace on this section, reduce it and find something comfortable – if you are already working hard here, you are in for a long day, find a manageable pace and maintain it. Another challenging aspect on this section would be the windy conditions, it is important that you stick to your plan and judge your pace effectively.
4. 21.1kms to 28kms (Halfway) – The 21.1kms in the main road leads us to the ocean at Muizenberg, there you can look forward to great views of the sea and great spectator support. We get to the half marathon mark at Fish Hoek and, from there, you will leave the sea – leaving the sea means you will have to climb some ‘speed humps’ from 21.1kms to 24.1kms. In this section, after running for a long time, the sub 5hour bus will take its first big walk and have a breather – I would propose runners to do so as they leave the ocean behind. From 24.1kms to 28kms, the route goes down and becomes flat, you can bank some time here but do not be explosive. Furthermore, on this area, it is here that you need to get your mind ready because you are about to encounter the first big hill called Chapmans Peak.
5. Halfway to 34.5kms – Chapmans Peak is the iconic section of the race and its also one of the most beautiful section of road anywhere in the world – you are privileged to be running here with many other runners, don’t forget to absorb that beauty even as you tackle the challenges. The climb begins at 29kms, its 4.5kms long but it’s not that steep, if you go fast here, you may pay later for that sin. Also, do not be deceived by Lil Chappies at 31.2kms to 34.5kms, you will descend after Lil Chappies and Chapmans Peak begins at 32.6kms and ends at 34.5kms. Run and Walk strategy needs to be implemented here – the sub 5hour bus will run and walk this one.
6. 34.5kms to 39kms – The 4km descend from Chapmans Peak is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful sections of the route because of the views. Additionally, this descend is the most dangerous section of race if not respected – you need to hold back on this area and protect those quadriceps. Drop those arms and shorten those strides, there will be a temptation to go to fast, DO NOT! If you go too fast here, you race will end exactly at Hout Bay because it becomes flat there and with damaged quadriceps, you won’t move. Take it easy but make a minute or two for your bank. After losing a minute or two at Chapmans Peak, the sub 5hour bus will play around 5:05-5:10/km, hold back, drop those arms and shorten the strides.
7. 39kms to 42.2kms (Marathon) – For me, Hout Bay is one of the major milestones of the TOM race because it gives you an indication on how you behaved in a marathon. If you started too fast, flew down Chapmans Peak, your legs will be SHOCKED on this flat section and as such you will be unable to move. If you remain disciplined on your marathon, you should be able to generate your expected race average pace. For example, the sub 5hour would work towards a 5:15/km 3km split as we prepare for Constantia Neck.
8. 42.2kms to 47.4kms – The climb to Constantia Neck will be gradual for 2kms where you will be exposed to the sun, it will start to get tough here, fight hard, you are not far from the finish. The steepest section of the whole race comes at 44kms, the last 2kms to the summit has the steepest gradient of the race. The majority of us will run and walk this one, lets do it with pride and with some time in the bank.
9. 47.5kms to 50kms – After Constantia Neck, you will get a descend to the 49th km mark. Having lost some time on the last hill, it’s time to make a few seconds here. Whilst enjoying your downhill, booooom, 1km climb to the 50th km mark welcomes you without notice, puuush, you are not far from UCT, kuboooo!
10. 50kms to 56kms – After the 50th km mark, you will experience a 3km descend to the 53rd km mark – it is hoped that when you arrive here, you will not be chasing time but enjoying your race because you will be having some time in your bank. At this stage, the sub 5hour bus should be 5mins ahead of schedule and moving at 5:45/km and in some instances 6:00/km. The last 3kms has two speed humps, a 600m one (known as Chet’s Hill) at 53.4kms and a 400m one at 55.4kms to UCT. Once you reach the UCT lawns, suck it in, you have Conquered the Current, WELL DONE!
Written by Mkhululi Jack
I am excited to be taking part in this 2022 of the Total Sports Two Oceans Ultral Marathon on 17 April,The 2022 edition after two years of hard lock down. I think I made a mistake to go for breakfast in shorts every one @HotelSkySA have been asking me about my experience with up coming #running of Two Oceans Ultra Marathon @2OceansMarathon @TotalsportsSA #TTOM2022
All systems go
The feeling of flying is different but it’s risky to a point you need to fill in an indemnity form and you get the full explanation that here on the forms you are signing your life away if anything should go wrong you will die if you agree sign the form. Then FOMO here and there kicks in and says sign the form you only leave once.
I suspect the look at your condition like you don’t drink alcohol because this decisions requires a clear understanding that should the paragliding goes wrong you are dead. The experience feels new and nothing on earth can be likened to this experience and I recommend everyone to try paragliding.
To be honest the #covid19 pandemic has caused damage a lot of activities companies are closed . I always support them shame. May God restore what the pandemic destroyed in #SouthAfrica as a whole.I appreciate #prapaxsa @ParapaxSA commitment the team played for this #flyexperience #Capetown @Capetown #capetowntourism
Goodnight Neyi Zimu
Today 10/12/19, it was the official renaming of the New Germiston Theatre. Executive mayor of the City of Ekurhuleni and ANC Ekurhuleni regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina and the speaker of Council Alderman Patricia Khumalo have laid wreaths at the tree of remembrance to commemorate the lives of councillors who passed away while serving the city. At the funeral of the late Dumi Masilela the Ekurhuleni Municipality had made a commitment a year and half to Name the new Germiston Theatre in honour of the late actor.
The Rhythm City Star, who was killed in August 2017,was born and raise in the East Rand Ekurhuleni.
I had an opportunity to attend this event as I was representing Pastor Thembi Hlophe and made sure I pass my message of condolences to Dumi’s mom and family.
It felt like a memorial service the mood was very sad.
I also met his fellow actors buddies an actor that many identify as Suffocate from Rhythm City also met Clement Maosa actor Zamokuhle Seakamela in the SABC1 soap opera, Skeem Saam, who was with Dumi Masilela’s mom at the time,
Allow me to open my Soweto Marathon 42 km Experience with an opening paragraph of Charles Dickinson novel tale of two cities, mind you I already shared my photos and a video above for the race: It was the best of time, It was the worst of time, it was the age of wisdom, it was age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredibility.
Within a month after I participated in the Sanlam Cape town Marathon 42 Km, time was upon me to challenge the Soweto marathon, I have never two marathons which are this close before in my entire life for obvious reasons being I take six months to prepare for a 42 km marathon now when its two consecutive months it was a bit stain for me.
I had taken a break for the whole month after the Cape Town Marathon. I even forgot about the people’s marathon as Soweto Marathon is affectionately known. Primarily because the people from Soweto and whole over the country gather on this day and line up from the start at the FNB Stadium the whole 42 km passing through the historic Vilakazi street where South Africa Struggle heroes used to sat i.e. the late Former President Nelson Mandela and Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu back to the Stadium as the finish line supporting the participants or contenders of the Race.
Only a week left I got a call from my brother Musa Sigudla who has also joined Eskom Athletics Club that in a weeks time we will be challenging Soweto Marathon,it downed to I have to start training preparing for the race however I was not fazed since I was fit after my previous marathon.
I thereby started training right away there by formulating an emergency running plan that was obviously different form my normally three days 20 km per day run to five days straight 20 km per day run. I had never done it before but my fitness level was promising and I was very convenient and especially after the whole month rest.
I went on with scheduled training untilthe big day Sunday the 3rd November 2019 time 05:30 .
As I started the marathon by seeding platform met new faces contenders of the same race that came from different provinces and different clubs of the country even elite runners from Africa and the rest of the world where available most likely at seeding A .we eventually got time extension of 15 minutes due to technical reasons. It gave us time to socialize and sharing all different aspects pertaining our origin to the training programs we follow and other wise the mood was very high as the organizers played different hit song which one of the most played was the famous Club Controller until before the race officially started the national Anthem was sung.
The start after the gun was not so much exciting as it was over crowded and I ended up waking the first kilometer however as time went by I managed to start running with my average pace 5 until 21 km and I had an injury. As I rested I realized a differently able person supporting the runners having South African Flag. There and there I stopped further two members of the Eskom Athletics club we stopped for total of 14 minutes socializing with this young man and taking pictures and finding out how is his over all state of health that he shared with us and he had the feeling of importance as we appreciated his affords and we where his guests. The pictures can explain further as his face was filled with excitement and hope as he now feels like he was belonging to the Eskom guardians Family. We even went as much as hoe the late former President Mandela made it possible to open ways for even disabled people to now get grants to make the state of living affordable.
I continued with my race after I changed my running shoes it took me another 14 minutes to change my running timing chip from the shoes I was using of the brand Nike to another shoes which are lighter and the brand was Adidas I had conquered a lot of hills with the former pair of shoes hence I got and injury and I could only run an average pace of 11 as I was nursing the injury. And the other challenge was the sun was very hot but the water spots that are set up every 5km made the heat bearable. Again at the end of Vilakazi street I had to continue running on hill tops tha made my Average pace to increase to 11 km I even met one radio station the christian radio station radio pulpit and happen to know the presenter Pastor Jack Motswetla who I stopped to greet and even afforded me time to share words of encouragement with fellow runners and the radio air ways.i continued with a much renewed spirit as I got a chance to fellowship.
As I continued with my race I got encouragement from the crowd now shouting Eskom you can make it, you are almost there. I went back to the average pace of 9 until the end of my race.
However when I got to the last five km I met my brother who was also running at his practiced pace and joined me up to the finish line.As we entered the FNB Stadium to reach the finish line I started a video to record and capture the finishing moments as they are extremely fun as I anticipated the crowd to shout Eskom again of which they did. As I approach the finish line the crowd shouted Eskom well done and I appreciated them by shouting back thank you South Africa.as we continue to run towards the last steps into the finish line the SABC commentator also started cheering us up on the speaker and said we have backwards runners wow as we came to the cross still shouting thank you to the crowd and the feeling was exhilarating, I never had such fun as I was with my little brother who was equally excited.
To share few live tweets I participated in whist running the race,
This brings me to the end of my experience thanks for reading this my experience of the 2019 Soweto marathon 42 km.
I really enjoyed it! First the race was flat followed by a down hill then and up hill then going through the historic Vilakazi street where the struggle icon former South African President Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu resided in the township. Lots of entertainment – brass bands/samba bands/metal even the people of Soweto where out in numbers to offer support to the runners !! Such a well organized event to Enjoy!
#Sowetomarathon2019 we ready
This race It was special before the race I got a good luck from athletics executive :
Wishing all participants at the
a good race at the #PeoplesRace today
and have #FunDay as
described this iconic event on
The race started at 05:30 https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190833340737294336/photo/1
As I was running my Soweto Marathon 42km, I saw a paralytic by the name Siphiwe xaba by the side of the road supporting the participants I stopped the Eskom Gijimas bus to appreciate him and we took pictures with him, he did appreciate even Eskom on twitter did appreciate our efforts see https://twitter.com/Eskom_SA/status/1190880781348089856
#sowetomarathon2019 was a wonder , look how I enjoyed running with my brother this was our first marathon together and he has officially joined
is a brand to be reckoned with. I am happy to be a guardian. https://twitter.com/billysigudla/status/1190986565926957056
I just went back and thought how challenging
so at least there are some who have installed smart metres.
I then posted the video of my finish on twitter and it is now trending it can be viewd on this link https://twitter.com/billysigudla1/status/1191191951082688512This is a finish in style,I recorded it live on twitter,what fun race we are
brand was in good hands during #SowetoMarathon
people kept on rooting for Eskom U even heard other clubs jealous,I enjoyed the people’s race
time for work
Thanks for taking time to read this post.
Siphiwe Billy Sigudla
I attended the Umusa National Tour Bloemfontein Version at the Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium, 10 Rhodes Avenue Oranjesig Bloemfontein, Free State. on Tuesday 24th of September 2019.
The anointed concert started at 15:00pm to the enjoyment of the huge audience that had been waiting for this amazing gospel music extravaganza. The Umusa National Tour concerts always offer magnificent praise and worship platform for everyone and the audience in this concert was expectant to derive such praise and or more to which this time around it included healing ministry by minister Lebo Sekgobela.
It was impressive to hear pieces composed by Lebo Sekgobela and the new gospel group worshippers unleashed which formed under her new artist search worshippers unleashed.
I cannot imagine combining something as complex as Hymns and worship same powerful hymns and current and praise songs, much less actually performing it, so this aspect of the concert was particularly awe-inspiring. The concert turned into a service as minister Lebo Sekgobelas was led by the holy spirit to deliver prophetic words to a few concert attendants which lead to a healing ministry after he requested those who were in need of prayers to come forward and she ministered to them as the holy spirit had covered the whole Empowerment Ministries International Auditorium at this point.
The main performance was by Minister Lebo Sekgobela and the worshippers unleashed which performed few songs that they are busy recording in studio for their much anticipated debut album.
Members of worshippers unleashed are Norma Ntatiso, Neo Tshabalala, Nompumelelo Mtsweni and Nonhlanhla Matlenga.
Minister Lebo Sekgobela opened the concert at 3:00 PM and gave the stage to worshippers unleashed who worshipped to later give way to Minister Lebo to continue to worshipping her combination of various songs from her current Album Hymns sand Worship and also from her previous albums and the hit song Lion Of Juda took centre stage as it is an anointed number until 10:00 PM. Minister Lebo performed songs from all of her records randomly.
Allow me to share a few posts from social media:
This was another of many tours dubbed Umusa National Tour since the project inception in 2016 which I managed to follow it closely documenting it’s progress in a form of reviews as part of the last show recently being: Umusa National Tour, was held on Friday, the 5th July 2019, in Secunda at Graceland Secunda. I am waiting in great anticipation for Minister Lebo Sekgobela to announced the date of the concert. I know few dates of the shows that Minister Lebo will be part of the lineup that is a total different set up altogether as Umusa National Tour project it is all her event more like one womanshow. I remember last year 2018 one session of her ministry tours In Witbank dubbed Emalahleni Total praise Minister Lebo Sekgobela had included other artists which it was fine but that meant I did not get to receive all the time focusing on her anointed ministry as the time tends to be too short to focus to other artists.
I normally summarize the experience of every race I attend from arriving at the location to pulling out of the lot. I have a good report regarding this particular race since I was running Under Eskom Athletics Club better known to fans as Eskom Gijimas,
I so wish this IAAF accredited Gold Marathon can achieve the Platinum status.
I was over whelmed by how highly the fans praised Eskom as I was wearing an Eskom Athletics club running kit. I am an employee of Eskom under National Operation Section and National Control Department which fall under System Operator business unit under Transmission division
The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon 42.2 km Race was held at Cape Town Start: Beach Road, corner of Granger Bay and Beach Road, Green Point, Cape Town
Finish: Vlei Road, Cape Town Stadium precinct, Green Point
Cut off time – Duration is 6 hours 30 minutes
On date: Sunday, 15th Sep 2019
Qualifying race for 2020 Old Mutual Two Oceans, Comrades Ultra-Marathons and several IAAF accredited marathons around the world
It was a good race I am glad I attended the race. I received a good feedback regarding Eskom as a brand as they kept on saying many good things about it from both fellow competitors and spectators who kept on shouting Eskom keep on moving especially after my 25 km run,I even forgot about the time ,reduced my pace & relaxed and greeted with a Sanlam hand shaker that I received from one elderly woman the well wishers. It gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling.
I feel good to be an Eskomite ,I will include my race time then share all important or more exclusive tweets rather that shares the overall experience of the event
The marathon was well organised and I find it easy to fit in even the organizers are friendly let me share few of the social media presentation from the event:
In conclusion let me share this :
Lebo_sekgobela@SekgobelaLeboMahikeng. Taba keo. I can’t wait to see you.
The Gospel Show that I attended last night on Friday 05 July 2019,The Umusa National Tour and Hymns and Worship Tour Secunda version performance pieces by Lebo Sekgobela and the discovered group Worshipers unleashed which was discovered by Minister Lebo Sekgobela which performed the songs of the debut Album they are recording the songs are composed by the group members themselves. The performance was held in Graceland Casino Arena. Worshipers unleashed got officially Launched in this event . Worshipers unleashed performance via Lebo”s Instagram :Worshipers unleashed performance
The was activities at Secunda and Mbalenhle local kasi/location prior to the show Concert flyers were distributed for Minister Lebo Sekgobela’s fans to get further information and also interact with their star, also for the audience to pick up as they entered. The Graceland Arena, and all the lights except the stage lights were dimmed. One performer talked briefly to the audience before a piece, but it was only to give background information for that piece. Aside from this, the lights got placed on towards the end of the show.
Follow @sekgobelalebo on her twitteraccount as all major performances are available
See you on next tour
Billy Sigudla Site editor
Family. I can’t wait to see you on Friday. Are you ready? I hope you have your tickets ready.
24 DAYS and counting. Secunda, are you ready? #UmusaNationalTour
Forgive Me God
Father, here’s my heart
I’m Emptying everything out that causes me to doubt
You and the power of your love for me
Knowing there’s nothing too hard to believe
When it comes to you God ALMIGHTY
FORGIVE ME for replacing other things before you God.
FORGIVE ME for limiting
Your ability within my heart.
FORGIVE ME for forgetting
You can do anything but fail.
Father, Here’s my heart
I called out of my distress to the LORD, and He answered me. I called for help … You heard my voice You have brought up my life from the pit I will sacrifice to You with a voice of thanksgiving.– Jonah 2:2, 6, 9 NASB
Jonah had been confident. He knew what he did and did not want to do. One thing was clear: He did not want to go to Nineveh. When God called him to go there, Jonah went in the opposite direction on a ship traveling west, away from Nineveh.
Then a storm arose, and his plans changed. In an effort to still the storm, the ship’s crew threw Jonah into the sea where a great fish swallowed him. Trapped with no way of escape, his only hope was to turn to God.
There in the deep,in the heart of the seas(v. 3), God spoke to him. When he cried out, God gave him a clearer perspective on life itself. He would no longer seek his own way, but he would obey God regardless of the cost.
UGod often needs to bring us to these points to give us perspective. He needs to back us into a corner and place us in situations in which we are forced to seek Him. Then we cry out to Him for help, realize how much we need Him, and seek His direction. Our understanding is limited, but God’s ways are best
Two times Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has set a new world record at 2:01:09 on his way to winning the Berlin Marathon for the fourth time. Kipchoge slashed 30 seconds from his previous world record of 2:01:39.
The 37-year old experienced marathoner employed a different strategy to that which propelled him to victory in 2018, where he run at a steady pace in the first half of the race. In contrast, he run the first 22km in under 59:51 minutes keeping him on track to beat the two-hour mark barrier.
From the 30Km mark, Kipchoge run all by himself with Ethiopia’s Andamlak Belihu as the closest opponent.
His pace dropped in the second half of the race, making the two-hour mark barrier impossible to beat but he was able to set a new world record.
He previously won in 2015, 2017, and 2018 editions of the Berlin marathon and placed second in the 2013 edition.
Kipchoge returned to the Berlin Marathon, where he set the previous world record of 2:01:39 in September 2018. He broke Dennis Kimeto’s world record set in 2014 slashing 1:18 minutes.
In 2019, Kipchoge became the first person to run the marathon in under two hours, with an unofficial time of 1:59:40 in Vienna, Austria.
Kipchoge has 19 marathon starts and recorded 76 wins with just two losses at the 2013 Berlin Marathon (he finished second to Wilson Kipsang, who set a then-world record) and the 2020 London Marathon (he was eighth).
He has won four world marathon majors (London, Chicago, Berlin, and Tokyo) with course records at London, Berlin, and Tokyo and two Olympic titles (Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020).
#EliudKipchoge @kipchogeEliud #berlinMarathan2022
The great Eliud Kipchoge shattered his own world record to win the 2022 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in an astonishing 2:01:09.
The Kenyan set a searing pace in the first half of the race, clocking 59:51 at halfway to put him on course for an improbable sub-two-hour time in an official race.
His final pacemaker departed at 25km and it was left to the double Olympic champion to keep the speed as high as possible as he chased another slice of history on the streets of the German capital.
Staying on course to break two hours was never likely, but as the kilometers ticked by it was becoming increasingly evident that Kipchoge’s existing record of 2:01:39 was about to be consigned to the trash can.
It was only in the final 5km that the chances of sub 2:01 began to fade, but when he stopped the clock in a barely believable 2:01:09, the crowd erupted on the side of the road having witnessed the greatest marathon runner of all time axe 30 seconds off the record.
“I am so happy to break the world record in Berlin,” said the 37-year-old. “I planned to go out fast in the first half and I always said I would be happy to run a course record. If that translated to a world record, so be it.”
Mark Korir took second place in 2:05:58 with Tadu Abate third in 2:06:28.
The records were not finished with either.
A blistering women’s elite race ended with Ethiopia’s Tigist Assefa shattering the Berlin course record with a time of 2:15:37 to run the third fastest time in the history of women’s marathon running.
Her previous best over the distance was 2:34:01 set in Riyadh in March of this year.
Assefa was trailed home by Kenya’s Rosemary Wanjiru in 2:18:00 – also under the old course record, and Ethiopian, Tigist Abayechew in 2:18:03.
“I wasn’t afraid of my rivals, even thought they had faster times than me,” said Assefa, who takes her place on the all-time list behind Brigid Kosgei and Paula Radcliffe.
Kipchoge repeated his mantra that he will “only chase one rabbit at a time” following this history-making run, but has already declared his desire to become the first man to win all six Abbott World Marathon Majors races.
On this evidence, that is an entirely realistic prospect.
So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, ‘Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?
After His resurrection, Jesus said to His disciples, But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8 NLT). This statement was prompted by the following question from the disciples: Lord, has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom? (verse 6 NLT). The disciples thought that the Messiah, Jesus, had come to establish the Kingdom of God on Earth. This was why it seemed like a mistake when He was crucified.
But as the Scriptures foretold, the Messiah would come first to suffer and die for the sins of the world. Then He would return to Earth and establish His Kingdom therein.
Jesus told them, The Father alone has the authority to set those dates and times, and they are not for you to know (verse 7 NLT). In other words, Guys, will you get over this already? I’m not going to establish My earthly kingdom right now. That will come later. Stop focusing on when I’ll return and instead focus on what you are to do until I return.
Today, there are still people asking when Jesus is coming back. And an occasional misguided person will say they know the date of Christ’s return. But Jesus said, No one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows (Matthew 24:36 NLT).
Our focus, therefore, should be on what we’re supposed to do while we await Christ’s return. The early Church had a job to do, and so do we. Jesus’s words in Acts 1 were not only for the first-century believers. He is still calling us to tell people everywhere about Him
Certainly the LORD God does nothing unless He reveals His secret plan to His servants the prophets. A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The LORD God has spoken! Who can do anything but prophesy? Amos 3:7-8 NASB
God’s prophets had a special calling. Their assignment was to be His servants, delivering the messages He gave them. They needed special sensitivity to know when God was speaking and to understand what they were to do and say.
This required having a special relationship with Him, one of intimacy and trust. Amos was one of those people. He spoke only in designated moments when he felt compelled to speak the message God gave him to deliver.
God even entrusted secrets to servants like Amos. These were private things not readily apparent to others, things known only to God and those to whom He chose to reveal them.
We can see why God was so pleased with Amos. He was trustworthy, faithful, and committed to Him. Amos was sensitive to God’s voice and the leading of His Spirit, ready to serve Him, regardless of consequences or circumstances.
Who are God’s servants today? They are people who develop an intimate relationship with Him, listen to Him, fill their minds with His Word, are sensitive to His voice, and are ready to do what He asks. These are people to whom God reveals His secrets. These are His trusted servants.
Seek to develop a more intimate relationship with God. Be committed to serving Him. Listen to His voice. Be ready to hear and sensitive to His Spirit. As He speaks to you, be faithful to do what He asks.
God gives us the privilege of participating in His work here on earth.
Prayer is the heartbeat of the believer’s walk with God, and He commands us to pray about everything (Phil. 4:6). But we sometimes wonder what kind of influence our conversations with the Lord really have, and we find ourselves asking the following two questions:
If God controls all things, why does He want us to pray? He’s self-sufficient and needs no help to accomplish His purposes, so what could any of us possibly contribute?
Would God’s plans fail if we chose not to pray? The Lord isn’t subservient to us. His plans are contingent only upon Himself. He works all things according to the counsel of His will, not necessarily on the basis of our prayers.
These truths reveal the Lord’s grace toward believers. He doesn’t need us, yet He’s chosen to include us in His eternal purposes by letting us participate in His work through prayer. Though we may not understand the influence our prayers have, we know God chooses to use them in achieving His purposes.
So keep praying. Being consistent in prayer helps maintain a sense of humble dependence upon the Lord. And answered prayer produces increasing trust in Him, along with greater gratitude for His sovereign care and protection.