Mandela Marathonhosts celebrity runners

2016-07-20 06:00

A FULL component of 60 elite athletes, including three recent Comrades champions - Bongmusa Mtembu, Gift Kelehe and David Gatebe - will be competing in the Mandela Day Marathon to break the 2:27:12 time set by Thobani Chagwe.

Giving them a run for their money will be Moses Njodzi, previous winner of Two Oceans and Brighton Chipere and the 2013 Mandela Day Marathon champion.

The torturous “struggle hill” awaits these fine top male athletes who will have to defy the odds of breaking the record or crossing the finish first as they go head to head against each other.

These elite runners represent Arthur Ford Athletics Club, TomTom Athletics Club, Maxed Elite, and Formula 1.

Thobani Chagwe

The former Mandela Day Marathon winner and record holder, finishing the race in 2:27:12, will be participating in the 2016 marathon to try and break his own record and once again claim victory which he tasted in 2014.

Bongmusa Mthembu (Arthur Ford Athletics Club)

He was placed fourth at the Zululand Ultra Marathon and 12th at Two Oceans. Mthembu has won three gold medals since making his Comrades debut in 2006 and will be eager to make his mark once again in the marathon.

Gift Kelehe (TomTom Athletics Club)

The policeman from Rustenburg, who runs in the TomTom Athletics Club, will eyeing the number one spot as he will running his first Mandela Day Marathon. Kelehe won the 90th Comrades Marathon last year and is aiming to now add the Mandela Day Marathon gold medal to his locker.

David Gatebe (Maxed Elite)

The current Comrades Marathon winner and record holder is coming back to the city of choice to try and do the double. After his coach, John Hamlett, broke him into the top 10 for the first time and in record time, Gatebe will be eager to claim the number one spot.

Moses Njodzi (F1 Running Club)

Former Two Oceans Marathon (2006) winner, Njodzi worked as a pace setter at Comrades 2013.

The Zimbabwean’s quick start earned him two hot spots, but this time round he harbours greater ambitions. He is in good shape and wants to bring home his first gold.

Scores of runners have already entered the fifth edition of renowned race, which is also known as the Triumph of the Human Spirit, due to the hilly course.

- Supplied.

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