Dignitaries to fire Comrades cut-off guns named

2016-05-25 06:00

TOMMY Malone, Terence Hoskins, Helen Lucre, Fusi Nhlapo and Macdonald Chitja are among the dignitaries who will fire the cut-off guns for the various medals at the 91st Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 29 May.

As per the Comrades Marathon down-run tradition, Msunduzi mayor, Chris Ndlela, will fire the gun at 5.30am to signal the start of the race.

The 11.30am cut-off gun for the Wally Hayward Medal, which is awarded to runners from 11th position who finish under six hours, will be fired by the winner of the 1966 Comrades Marathon Tommy Malone, in honour of the 50th anniversary of his historic win. Malone, who has since passed on his Green Number 62 to his daughter Amanda, completed 10 Comrades Marathons between 1966 and 1980, earning two gold and eight silver medals.

The 1pm cut-off gun for the silver medal, which is awarded to runners who finish between six and seven-and-a-half hours, will be fired by CMA board and Life Member Terence Hoskins. Terence completed eight Comrades Marathons between 1984 and 1993. Since then given back to the Ultimate Human Race as a volunteer, portfolio holder, executive committee and board member. He is currently responsible for the CMA start portfolio and a CMA board member.

The honour of firing the 2.30pm cut-off un for the Bill Rowan Medal, which is awarded to runners who finish in under nine hours, goes to Helen Lucre a three time winner of the 1985, 1986 and 1987 Comrades Marathons.

The Bill Rowan Medal is so-named in commemoration of the winner of the first Comrades Marathon – Bill Rowan in a time of 8:59, which is also the slowest winning time in the history of the race.

The honour of firing the 4.30 cut-off gun for the Bronze Medal, which is awarded to runners who finish under 11 hours, has been given to one of the most popular of the post-2000 winners of the Comrades Marathon, Fusi Nhlapo. The 2003 winner earned an impressive nine gold medals between 2000 and 2010.

The final cut-off gun at 5.30pm for the Vic Clapham Medal, which is awarded to runners finishing under the 12-hour time limit will be fired by the chairperson of the Comrades Marathon Association, Macdonald Chitja.

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