Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
2 minute read
10 Jan 2021
7:00 am

Why do you do it? Running for the glory, or for the memories?

Wesley Botton

It's funny how one person's trash can be another person's treasure.

The South African marathon team won bronze medals in the marathon World Cup team competition; from left Ezael Thlobo, Hendrik Ramaala, Ian Syster and Gert Thys in Paris in 2003. One of the most treasured possessions of the writer is an old medal once discarded by Thlobo. Picture: Getty Images

Though we all live in the same world, life is all about perspective, and what might be truly important to one person could mean little to another. Going through some old boxes this week, I found a medal which sparked a memory I had nearly forgotten. I was nine years old, hanging around at the prize giving of a half-marathon race which my mom had run, when I saw something that shocked my young eyes. After collecting his gold medal, the winner of the race strolled over to a dustbin nearby and nonchalantly chucked the medal away. Instinctively, I bolted...