Toby Tanser

Toby Tanser, founder of Shoe4Africa Foundation, speaks during a visit to The Shoe4Africa All4Running Kapchorwa Secondary School in Kabirirsang village, Nandi County on December 25, 2021.

| Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

‘I knew if I wished to survive the attack, I must run in order to save my life’

What you need to know:

  • The Samaritan sped up to pedal by my side, offering to guide me to a clinic. I must have been a sight to behold
  • On Christmas eve, Toby Tanser, an athlete, humanitarian and founder of the Shoe4Africa charity, organised a relay race from the Equator to Eldoret with elite and legendary runners to break ground for a new children’s cancer hospital. We follow Tanser’s charity through excerpts from his latest book: Running with Destiny – An odyssey of Mistakes, Machetes and Miracles:

At last, I recognised the vague shapes of people. I must be close to the green exercise field. When I staggered in their direction, wailing for help like a drowning sailor, the two sunbathers stood and scampered.


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