2014 Comrades winner ready for 2016 race

2016-05-18 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Bongumusa Mthembu at the finish of Comrades.

PHOTO: supplied Bongumusa Mthembu at the finish of Comrades.

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THE Comrades Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Durban on 29 May is just around the corner and around this time the majority of athletes are tense and in their final stages of training, but Bongumusa Mthembu­ says he is strong and ready for the down run.

The Bulwer-born and 2014 Comrades Marathon winner says his preparations have gone well and is expecting to have a good race.

“So far so good and I’m happy with everything I did to make sure that I’m ready and fit. All my preparations went well.”

Mthembu’s personal best in a standard marathon (42,2km) is 2:20:10, which he recorded it 2010 at the South African championships, and 3:15 for the ultra-marathon he clocked in 2012 at Two Oceans.

Mthembu and ultra-athletes help training camps around the Midlands and target other marathons around the country.

“Our first camp was in Giant’s Castle in the Berg from January to April.

“Then for the whole of May we were in Balgowan. In the camp I had my friends and club mates Thuso Mosiea, Luzuko Mdeliswa and Mandla Dumakude with. We are all good friends and hard-working athletes,” said Mthembu.

The races that Mthembu and “company” have run include the PDAC (25km), Nongoma Ultra Marathon (56km), Two Oceans (56km) and the Durban Marathon (21,1km).

In last year’s Comrades - the up run - Mthembu achieved 12th position­.

“You must realise I ran the up run after missing it for three years.

“Maybe I’m not an up-run athlete.”

Besides Mthembu being tipped to be the first SA athlete to cross the Comrades finish line, other names expected to do well from KZN are Mncedisi Mkhize, Themba Mthembu, Thuso Mosiea and Eric Ngubane­.

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