Local athlete earns his Comrades Green Number

2017-06-22 06:01
<Welcome Loliwe from Uitenhae completed his 10th Comrades and earned a silver medal. Now he is the proud wearer of a Comrades Marathon Green Number.              Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Marathon athlete Welcome Loliwe (52) from Uitenhage was one of the 491 runners who were set to join the coveted Comrades Marathon Green Number Club at this year’s 92nd Comrades Marathon.

Welcome completed his 10th Comrades in a time of 7:28:00 and earned a silver medal. Now he is the proud wearer of a Comrades Marathon Green Number.

“I will wear this number with pride. It has been hard work, but I enjoy running,” said Welcome Loliwe who currently trains for the Nelson Mandela Bay Half Marathon which takes place on June 24th at Pollok Beach.

To date there are more than 13 000 athletes who have earned their place on the Comrades Marathon Green Number Roll of Honour.

This means that Welcome retains his Comrades Marathon race number (54652) in perpetuity.

He now is a member of an exclusive band of individuals who have experienced a special relationship with this ultimate human race.

The criteria for inclusion in the Comrades Marathon Green Number Roll of Honour is 3 wins or 5 golds or 10-plus medals.

Welcome is the only athlete from Uitenhage who this year earned his Green Number. Some of the well known Green Number presenters include Bruce Fordyce, Poobie Naidoo, Blanche Moila and Andrew Kelehe.

Loliwe said he is saving every bit of money he earns to buy himself a brand new pair of Nike running shoes.

These shoes he would like to wear for the 2018 Comrades, when running with his Green Number.

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