Fareed Behardien’s blog leavethecouch.com dominated the 2016 South African Blog Awards by winning Best Lifestyle Blog, Best Sport Blog as well as taking the Overall title in the competition.
Fareed started Leave the Couch in 2013 to document his journey from “average oke” to “fitter average oke” with the aim to inspire others to get up, go outside and to lead active lifestyles. His main aim is to use an authentic story-telling style to share his adventures in the mountains in both written and video form.
2016 was also a big year for Behardien after a short film he made together with Ziyaad Solomon, ‘Mowbray to Mowbray Ridge’, won the Cape Union Mart Adventure Film Challenge and was screened across the country in cinemas.
He continues to share his love for the mountains on his blog and works to provide valuable information to help newcomers to trail running find their feet and to grow the sport locally.