When Carly Kent (42), a customer manager for key accounts at
“Some people are blessed with athletic genes, but for me it’s more my mindset that has helped me to finish some of the toughest endurance events,” she says. “You achieve what your mind sets out to do on the day.”
Being chosen for the KPMG Elite Running Club puts her amongst some of South Africa’s top athletes. The club sponsors elite female runners including Comrades and Two Oceans Marathon winner Caroline Wostmann; Olympic marathon qualifier Christine Kalmer; and Olympic qualifier and SA cross country champion, Nolene Conrad.
“On that first run, we were literally running from lamp post to lamp post,” she remembers.
Fast forward to 2018, when Carly completed her sixth Comrades Marathon, a gruelling 90km race in South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
Much to her frustration, Carly narrowly missed a silver medal by just one minute, coming in at 7hrs 31 minutes. She collapsed after crossing the finish line and had to be carried off on a stretcher.
“Unfortunately, not every cloud has a silver lining and as an athlete you need to be able to deal with your disappointment and get back out there,” adds Carly. “It still niggles me that I missed the silver and I rehash the day in my head thinking about what I could have done differently. But ultimately, I was never pegged to be a sub-7.30 runner, so for me, it’s actually a huge achievement to have got so close.”
At work, Carly makes use of the office gym and tries to take the stairs as much as possible, while fitting in her busy work schedule. She is the McDonald’s Customer Manager and Petroleum Forecourts Channel Manager.
Carly swears by alternating Powerade and
“There’s really nothing more rewarding than enjoying a Coke at the end of a marathon,” she says. “But it was also the support from all my work colleagues at the