In 2008 Braam and David Greer accepted a challenge from Cipla’s Miles for Smiles Foundation to “Run A Smile” around the tip of Africa, from Oranjemund via Cape Town to Ponte d’Oro in Mozambique, a distance of 3300km. Having successfully completed the Foundation’s first challenge in 2006 of becoming the first people in history to run the length of the Great Wall of China non-stop, Grier and Malherbe couldn’t resist the challenge of running an estimated 4000km non-stop, from Oranjemund in Namibia via Cape Town in South Africa to Ponto d’Oro in Mozambique.

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Despite the massive physical toll exerted on their bodies during the Great Wall Challenge, Grier (49) and Malherbe (50) started their preparation in Cape Town. Again under the vigilant guidance of the Sports Science Institute, they were soon declared medically fit to take on the Coastal Challenge.


The Great Wall Challenge had laid a foundation of inspiration and brought the plight of children born with cleft lips and palates to the attention of the South African public. Once again Grier and Malherbe took on the challenge to raise awareness, and after running some 3300km in 80 days, they reached Ponte D’Oro and completed another incredible world-first journey.

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This journey would not have been possible if it were not for the loyal support crew and sponsors.

The support team: Geoff Dalglish, Geoffrey Smith, John Horler, Steven Alexander, Michaele Kabasenge and Ros Walsh

With thanks to the sponsors: Cipla, Adidas, Toyota, Beekman Canopes, Garmin, Spar, Round Table, Garth Living, Santam, Engen, Ecco Aqua.