On the long road - William Kaptein

South African u23 10,000m champion, William Kaptein, was born in Robertson on the 6th of December 1992 and only started running at the age of 16. Since then he has gone from strength to strength and currently focuses on his cross country running.

Kaptein attended Langeberg Secondary School in Robertson and moved to Stellenbosch last year. He currently runs for Maties AC.
At the age of 22 he has accomplished a lot in the long distance event and includes the following:
– 2011: Junior SA Cross Country Champion
– 2011: African Champs 12th position
– 2011: World Cross Country Champs in Spain, finished 26th with a time of 23:52 in the 8km.
– 2014: Two Oceans, 7th overall with time of 65:27 (21km)
– 2014: SA Cross Country Champs in George, 5th in the 12km
– 2014: GunRun (21km), Gold medal in 63:19 and broke the 14 year old course record of 65min.
Kaptien says he aims to smash his personal best times in the 5000m, the 10km and the 21km. His current personal bests:
– 5000m: 14min 38secs (Junior level)
– 10km: 29min 03secs
– 21km: 63min 19secs
“Running really means a lot to me! I run because I love it, but in 2003 I stopped running and started to play rugby. In 2008 I saw a big group of athletes passing my home and I ran after them and ask them what I can do to to run like them and I start trainning with the athletes in Robertson and found that running is in my blood because all that guys was running years before me and I join them for 6 months and after the 6 months i started beating them all.”
Good luck with the rest of the year William! We will be watching and supporting you every step of the way.
Drikus Viljoen
EC Financial Assistant CT