Cystic fibrosis suffer wins 'spirit of the Comrades' award for second time

2009-05-26 00:00

EVEN though he didn’t finish this year’s Comrades, having made it as far as he did is still a victory for “Spirit of the Comrades” winner Paul Dolman.

After missing the race last year because of poor health, Dolman made a point of running on Sunday.

The 36-year-old has cystic fibrosis (CF), a disease that was expected to kill him over 28 years ago.

Dolman has run four Comrades, despite having a hole in his lung and a 12 cm blood clot as a result of CF.

This year, he made it just past the halfway mark before he took the decision to quit.

According to his representatives, Dolman managed to reach 47 km, but had to quit after experiencing severe cramping.

He will, however, receive R4 700 from Bonitas Medical Fund (R100/km) to aid him in building the South African Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Dolman is the first person with CF to ever run and complete the Comrades Marathon. He did this in 2006 when he finished the race in 11 hours 53 minutes.

That year he also received the “Spirit of the Comrades” award.

Ever since, he’s participated in several road shows across the country, speaking about his battle with the disease.

To assist Dolman’s cause, send him an e-mail at paul.dolman@eskom.co.za.

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