@ Karin ... please accept my humblest apologies for any mistakes made in the translation and the wording ... your Afrikaans article was excellent.
Wild@Heart's Attempt at a decent translation of the article wrote:
Lions have athletes on the run
By: Karin du Plessis
8/8/2005 5:19:00 PM
SKUKUZA Three athletes that took part in the yearly Skukuza Sterling Half-marathon had a thrilling camp-fire story to tell.
The leading three of this popular marathon, of which a 1000 athletes partake yearly, received the fright of the live at around the 14km mark on the Kwekery (nursery) road got the fright of their lives when 3 Lions were lying lazily and made themselves comfortable in the middle of the road.
Luckily they were noticed by a motorbike rider who was riding in front of the runners and slammed on brakes!
The nearest ranger who was doing duty on the route was called and chased the Lions off before the race could continue.
The result was that one group of runners finished together and it was decided to award the leader at the 14 km mark as the winner.
The rest of the athletes were not affected by the incident and some of them even expressed regret at not seeing the Lions.
It was quite something considering there were so many runners on the route.
The Lions were not the only animals that caused problems.
On the Friday night a herd of Elephants caused chaos in the Skukuza village on the route to be used.
The elephants left the area early in the morning and before the race started were chased further away by a helicopter.
Broken trees and branches were the silent reminders of their earlier presence and runners had to literally run over the fresh dung that littered part of the route.
According to Josie Knight, chairperson the Marathon club this is precisely why participants from all over the country want to take part in this prestigious event.
And this year they were not disappointed.
There were enough animal interaction and adventures to satisfy their wildest dreams.