A former British Army captain has been compelled to drag out of a race after he was mugged at knifepoint in South Africa.
Ultramarathon runner Tom Evans, 31, says he was “attacked” and “beaten up” whereas coaching on Friday and had all his possessions stolen.
“Everything that I had with me was taken,” he mentioned in a video posted on Instagram.
“Physically my body’s okay. I’m pretty beaten up, I’m incredibly sore today, but I’ll be ok.”
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Mr Evans mentioned he was “incredibly gutted” to not be participating within the race, however mentioned security has to return first.
“Mentally, it’s just trying to get over something like this, doing something that you love and it just seems so unexpected and happens so quickly.”
Once the youngest captain within the British Army, Mr Evans reportedly found his ardour for endurance working throughout his time within the navy.
He had been due to participate within the Ultra-trail Cape Town occasion subsequent weekend, which options distances ranging as much as 100 miles.
“For those in Cape Town, look after yourself and those around you and please stay safe,” he mentioned.
“It’s been an awesome year and I won’t let two criminals spoil my year on the trails.”