Unogwaja 2012 Documentary

In 2012, we filmed the Unogwaja challenge, an epic journey of 5 individuals as they cycled a gruelling 1677km from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in just 10 days, followed by running the 98km Comrades Marathon on day 11.

This magical journey of the heart was inspired by Phil Masterton-Smith’s legendary feat in 1933, where, unable to afford the train fare from Cape Town, he cycled to Pietermaritzburg in order to run the marathon. Watch the team push themselves to the limit, both mentally and physically, as we cover the drama, the sweat, and ultimately the journey of the human spirit.

Work by Ogilvy REC

R.E.C: Unogwaja Challenge

R.E.C, our in-house film division, recently made the above clip for the Unogwaja Challenge, and is proudly supporting the event.

“The challenge is a 10 day cycle from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg, then running the Comrades Marathon on day 11. It’s a journey of the heart inspired by the life of Phil Masterton-Smith who couldn’t afford the train fare from Cape Town to Pietermaritzburg in 1933 so he cycled up instead and finished 10th in the race. He died in World War Two in 1942. His nickname was "Unogwaja" meaning hare in Zulu and his legacy lives on in the Unogwaja Challenge. Wherever you go, go with your heart."
John McInroy

Twitter: @TheUnogwaja
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