“We may have some cellulite on our thighs – but our bodies are not clothes hangers. They are powerful machines.”Wild Woman
It is 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning on the outskirts of Beijing, China. A small parking lot by the banks of the Wenyu River serves as meeting point for a group of women who are about to walk (or cycle) a marathon together. They have agreed in advance to all wear the same pink t-shirt. It reads “Wild Women on the Wall 2020.”
Although a marathon is quite an undertaking, the group had originally trained for something much more challenging; namely a three-day, 90-kilometre hike on the Great Wall of China. COVID-19 forced them to change plans, scale down and postpone the event. But never were they to give up or forget why they are here.
The woman behind Wild Women on the Wall is South African native Lucille van der Merwe. She moved to Beijing in 2017, together with her husband and two children, with a dream of continuing in China what she started in South Africa.