Local marathoners aiming to finish in the top 10 on Sunday

2010-05-27 00:00

FOUR days before the Comrades Marathon, two top runners, both Pietermaritzburg locals, shared their thoughts and apprehensions on the upcoming race.

Bisley’s Bongmusa Mthembu finished seventh last year in a time of five hours and 43 minutes. He said he was doing well, despite the pre-race nerves.

“At first it gets a little hectic, but I am trying to keep my confidence. There is nothing I am too worried about,” he said.

Mthembu said that this year he will focus on proving that his success last year was not by chance, but the result of skill and determination.

“I want to improve my time, but the most important thing for me will be to prove that what I did last year was not just luck,” he said.

Sandile Makhaye finished last year’s race in 18th position.

He said that this year he hopes to make it all the way into the top 10.

He said he will be following a less stringent training routine in the coming days by jogging and stretching before the race. “And definitely carbo-loading,” he added.

“I am just looking after my body and hoping that it will be okay for Sunday,” Makhaye said.

Both Mthembu and Makhaye said their families would be supporting them “all the way” by will at the roadside and waiting at the finish.

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