Updated 02 February 2015

Gatebe's secret to winning the Two Oceans Marathon

A South African tradition helped Gatebe conquer the pacers in the OMTOM in 2013. Here's how he did it. What's your secret?


Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, ‘Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?’” – Peter Maher, Irish-Canadian Olympian.

Gale force winds were the big challenge in the 44th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) but with the right strategy the Cape’s blustery weather could be a blessing in disguise.

Finishing first in the race with a time of 03:08:54, David Gatebe says that he watched the weather forecast throughout the week and was fully aware of the wind. "The race went well and it was good conditions. I was preparing for wind and it helped me with my muscles," said Gatebe, who trains in Rustenburg with the Impala Marathon Club.

All about the protein

The OMTOM winner says that protein is very important to him in terms of competing, but he likes to combine in with a South African favourite. "I eat pap and chicken for the protein. That is in my programme," smiles Gatebe.

Student Julia Tooke says that she is health conscious and tries to up her protein daily. "I do try to plan my meals with high protein and low carbohydrates. The last few days before the race I've been eating scrambled eggs and peanut butter on toast."

Pace and balance

Gatebe had it all worked out on his hand. Writing on his palm, the runner from Kroonstad had a strategy which had helped him during his training. Pacing himself to get to the 10km mark within 32 minutes and just continuing to keep to the plan.

Luwayn Duitser came all the way from Mossel Bay to compete and says that the race is tough and requires a good balance. "I train four times a week. I am working, so I am trying to balance my training and my work," says Duitser.

A support system is very much encouraged, says Cara Groblaar who completed her third race. She trains with her mother and sister who also competed.

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