She believed she could, so she did

Run walk for life club member celebrates

“We are thrilled to inform you that after a vigorous selection process, you have been selected as an official 2019 Run/Walk for Life Ambassador. We are extremely proud of all your accomplishments, and we are honoured to have you as a part of the Run/Walk for Life Family.”

What a shocking and humbling email received by me on 11 February that brought me to tears. I am a Brand Ambassador for Pietermaritzburg and Hilton RWFL (Run/Walk for Life) and the only one in KZN. Wow is all I can say!

I completed the gruelling Kearsney 10km Challenge. It was tough as there are 2 BIG hills but my race buddy, my husband, was with me the whole way encouraging me, and I had worked really hard on hills with my training partner and fellow member, Chris Barnard. We are also busy training for my 1st 15km which I will be doing on 24 March at Baynesfield. Please remember that we don’t just train as we feel but are under the guidance of our Run/Walk For Life manager Natalie, thereby ensuring that I do not put the auto immune disease that I have been diagnosed with 25 years ago, MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in jeopardy in any way.

On 24 February the Maritzburg Marathon was held and Nontobeko (Lulu) and I, with my husband “cracking the whip”, completed the 10km challenge. Lulu has also decided to join me at the awesome Run/Walk For Life family.

I look forward to more races and representing Run/Walk For Life as Brand Ambassador.

As far as my MS is concerned, medical aid turned down my neurologist’s request to have me put on Betafuron and so we are looking at other options.

I live by and believe in this motto:


In July 2018, Annie-Marie Simpson joined Run/Walk for Life to fight a potentially disabling disease, which she has battled with for 26 years. In the process, she has lost a whopping 24 kg! And she is still counting!

By Annie-Marie Simpson Run/Walk For Life Hilton & PMB