OUR TEAM

Christine PROKOPIAK

Director and Co-Founder

Gerhard LE ROUX

Director and Co-Founder

Werner KOEGELENBERG

Director and Co-Founder

Gerhard le Roux

I’m a 35-year-old Father of two beautiful kids. My passions in life are helping others, this originated from my own journey of becoming a better human being after going through a tough divorce 3 years ago amongst other challenges. I have since then decided to live life to the fullest and used running as a mechanism to widen my view on life and focus on growing myself on a daily basis through some basic life principles and highly effective habits. I share these experiences with other individuals through my Podcast channel called GerhardandChristineLiveLife. My goal is to be an example to my kids on how you can make a difference in other people’s lives! 

Christine Prokopiak

I am a road runner, triathlete, entrepreneur, health and fitness influencer and lover of life! I started life in KZN, accelerated a fast-paced corporate career and lost myself in Gauteng, and have rediscovered what really matters in life, in the beautiful Western Cape.What makes me happy is helping others see and live out their potential and encouraging them to never give up on their dreams. Inspiring others to live fearlessly and courageously makes my heart full.As a result of unmanaged childhood anxiety, a dysfunctional marriage and the death of my father as a teenager, I suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic anxiety and an associated eating disorder for almost 20 years.  When I moved to Cape Town in 2016, I decided I was done sabotaging myself, my future, my happiness and my body, so I took the tough decision to rehabilitate myself. I spent 6 months participating in a vigorous treatment process that shattered the reality I had created for myself, but at the same time, helped me create a life I had only ever dreamed about.  With a renewed sense of self, a healthy body, mind and soul, an enthusiastic outlook on life and a very clear vision about what I wanted to contribute to the world around me, I took a leap of faith, and pursued my studies as a marathon coach and nutrition specialist. In 2016, I founded Sole Buddies, a running, lifestyle and nutrition coaching consultancy. I help people believe in themselves again, inspire them to use lessons learned from hard times to design a happier life and to support them in using exercise, healthy lifestyle habits and good nutrition to shape their futures. This career change is a decision I have not regretted for a minute – I am finally doing what sets my soul on fire and changing lives on a daily basis – how cool is that?

Werner Koegelenberg

I am a keen trial runner, entrepreneur and handles the technology side of For The Long Run. I am the only member of the team based in Gauteng and love spending time with my family outside.