Triathlete beats odds to cross finish line

Tremaine van Aardt

WITH 11 months still to go before the next Iron Man, one competitor who is already looking forward to it is Palmridge, Port Elizabeth, legend Derrick Hoshe.

He showed his fighting spirit when he crossed the finish line at this year’s Spec-Savers Ironman triathlon after doctors told him he would never run again because of injuries he sustained in a serious accident in 2006.

The athlete, who lost his wife when a drunk driver hit the family vehicle head-on while they were en route to Kleinskool on July 30 2006, plans to do the Ironman again next year.

“It took three to four hours just to get me out of the wreck. Aside from the Lord’s grace, I think my fitness saved my life. My body could handle the impact, my wife could not.

“When I left hospital I realised I had been given a second chance – and I intended to make the most of it,” the NMMU sportsfield supervisor said.

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