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About The Authors

Fitness From Africa was started by Marcel and has been assisting recreational and professional runners for over 20 years. Our runners cover distances from school sprint up to Comrade elite runners. In 2008 FFA had its first introduction to trail running and now has a strong following of both road and trail runners

Marcel Viljoen

Running Coach &​ Exercise Specialist

Marcel  is the founder of Fitness From Africa with over 25 years of coaching experience with success stories from 100m to the Comrades marathon! He has a best time for 10 km of 31min and completed nearly 40 standard marathons. He is also an authorized IAAF athlete representative.

Brendan McBirnie

B.Sc (hons) Sport Science

Brendan started his running career in Primary School as a cross country and track runner. In high school he was coached by Marcel before studying sport science at varsity. He went on to racing 10 km and 21 km with a 36min 10 km time before turning his attention to trail and stage races.