Stolen fibre optic cable disrupte Comrades registration

2011-05-28 00:00

CABLE thieves disrupted registration for the Comrades Marathon yesterday, resulting in long queues at the Bonitas Comrades Expo.

When Comrades staff arrived in Durban they were unable to get into the race database to open registration.

It turned out that criminals had dug up the Telkom fibre optic cable near Albert Luthuli Hospital in Cato Manor, causing the complete loss of data transfer between registration in Durban and Comrades House where the race database is housed.

When the cause of the disruption was established organisers arranged for a copy of the database to be driven down to Durban, with registration opening two hours late.

Runners were left queuing right through the Expo and out to the outer gate.

“It was a frustrating situation for us and for the runners. Thankfully the runners took it in their stride and were very understanding of the situation,” said Peter de Groot, the convener of registration.

The lines were back up by noon, but the registration queue remained long for most of the day as thousands of runners arrived in Durban to prepare for tomorrow’s race.

Only 6 400 of the 16 500 runners, who entered and qualified for the race, have registered in the first two days of the expo.

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