Alan: Fitter, Healthier And R10 000 Richer

Sunday, 01 June 2014
Illovo Sugar Ltd

"Alan: Fitter, Healthier And R10 000 Richer"

ALAN BARTHOLOMEW, CBM (condition based monitoring) technician at Illovo Eston, recently competed in a Body Transformation “Challenge to Change” 10 week fitness programme at his local Virgin Active Club in Amanzimtoti, and he showed up all the younger competitors by winning the challenge and the grand prize of R10 000.

Alan, aged 53 at the time, says the competition was based on a final fitness challenge which took place in the gym where you had to complete in six disciplines against the clock, which included: rowing for 1km, cycling for 3km, stepper climbing 30 floors, 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and 100 squats, in any order and break up the events as you pleased, but the final result was based on your finishing time after completing all the events. Alan came 2nd in this discipline. Other criteria were % body weight lost. Alan lost 12% plus a total of 29 cm and 12.3 kgs. Points were also awarded for getting the closest to your Body Mass index (BMI). All in all Alan came out tops and walked off fitter, healthier and R10 000 richer.

He is now busy working on his swimming plans for next year when his goal is to break a Natal record in backstroke and improve on his bronze medal in the SA Champs.

In addition (Yes, there is more . . .!) Alan was rewarded in September when “Mark of the Rhino”, an organisation which falls under the Kingsley Holgate foundation (, invited him to join them in Northern Zululand for a 10-day road show to educate the school kids about the plight of Rhino. This was done in the form of an art project to create awareness. Alan was chosen for his talent in magic (he is a former member of the South African Magic Society) – “I do the Clown thing, including balloon modelling. I was also a keen boy scout for 20 years and scout master and my outdoor survival skills and cooking is of a high standard.” The trip was named “The Magic Maputuland trip” “and through magic and entertainment we got the message across.”

IMAGE: Alan Bartholomew’s R10 000 winning smile; BELOW with Kingsley Holgate and some of the schoolchildren whom they taught about rhinos.


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