THE local road running community was shocked yesterday by the news that popular road runner Farieda Williams passed away on Thursday after a short illness at the age of 62.
Williams will not only be remembered as a very passionate long-distance athlete, but she will be especially remembered for her outstanding contribution to charities.
Farieda was a member of the VOB Athletics Club for a long time before she served as secretary of the Central Athletics Club for the last few years.
She was an extremely selfless person who did not run for herself. She was someone who used her sport to raise money for the underprivileged as well as cancer patients.
Not only did Williams successfully run the grueling Comrades Marathon nine times in her career, but she also ran the Two Oceans Marathon a whopping 17 times.
She completed the 56 km ultra marathon 10 times and earned her permanent Two Oceans number (4689). She was a proud member of the prestigious Two Oceans Blue Number Club.
In addition to her 10 ultras, she also completed seven Two Oceans half marathons and numerous other races in her career spanning about 30 years.
Williams recently wrote on her Facebook page: “My philosophy is to take the best with the worst and somewhere along the way it will work out well if you have the right attitude.
“We can all make a difference in someone’s life. Let’s make a difference in someone’s life today. ”
Jutta Lenz, a friend, says: “I am absolutely shocked. She was an incredibly energetic woman who loved running. Rest in peace, Farieda. ”