Prime Spot: Comrades land rush is on

2009-05-20 00:00

THE Comrades may be four days away, but the race that inspires and motivates millions of South African supporters is already at fever pitch.

Numerous points along the traditional 89,17-km route between Pietermaritzburg and Durban have been pegged and taped as spectators, clubs and seconds attempt to reserve the best view in town for the 84th race between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

“We have always watched somewhere along the route, but this year I want a more formal area to entertain my clients, family and friends,” said Rene Price, who was spotted yesterday driving stakes and taping off an area close to Kloof Station.

Spots along the route, and particularly those in the final 35 km of the down run are highly valued, to the extent that it has been suggested that Comrades viewing points on Old Main Road are sold with house titles, or handed down to generations as part of an inheritance.

It’s not only the locals that secure their spot. Angus Hudson and Rob Hide combined the interests of Johannesburg-based Morningside Runners and Sunninghill Striders to find prime property so they could second their club members at key points in the race.

“The first is just before runners enter Camperdown [66 km to go] and then in Everton outside the Serepta Church [27 km to go],” said Hudson.

With the Comrades experiencing a 17% boost in numbers and the biggest field in four years, it seems there is another big land rush set for this week.

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