South Africa’s 2015 skyrunning champ is feeling “strong and positive” for this year’s Oscars of the skyrunning world, the Skyrunning World Champs, taking place at the Buff® Epic Run Skymarathon® in the Vall de Boi in the Spanish Pyrenees.
Miya, who lives and works in Midrand, says skyrunning is his trail passion – any chance he gets to run in the mountains within a few hours from Gauteng, he grabs with gusto. And the passion shows: he has won five of the six southern African SkyMarathon® events he has run.
This will be Miya’s second shot on the skyrunning world stage – in 2014 he represented South African skyrunning at the Skyrunning World Championships, that year in the Mont Blanc Marathon, but was forced to withdraw just kilometres from the finish due to injury.
We asked our star athlete how his preparations for the race have gone:
“My prep hasn’t gone quite as planned, as I missed two important weeks of training in the first half of June owing to a calf strain. But through my coach Neville Beeton and physio Graeme, it was sorted out quickly. Neville then adjusted my programme with some long runs and a few quality speed sessions as key to getting me in good shape in time. I’m feeling happy about my fitness, and far better than I did before the 2014 Skyrunning World Champs. I’m super excited for the race!”
Miya says he’s expecting it to be a tough run against very experienced skyrunning athletes. His strategy will be to run his own race, starting at a medium pace and gradually picking it up as the race progresses. The course has big climbs in the first half, so a careful pace will be important to carry him through the race to finish strong.
“I love the physical challenge of skyrunning, especially technical trails with long steep climbs on mountains above 2 000m. Having the opportunity of testing the body against extreme conditions is always an overwhelming experience. I feel proud and humbled by the concept of skyrunning,” he says.
Miya is proudly sponsored by Cape Union Mart and K-Way who are for the second time supporting the South African Skyrunning Association and South Africa’s endeavours at a Skyrunning World Championships.