Amazing record: KZN’s Dave Rogers racks up 43rd comrades finish

2008-06-15 00:00

Westville’s Dave Rogers broke the record for the most Comrades finishes when he completed his 43rd race in 11 hours, nine minutes and five seconds, beating over 4 000 of the day’s runners.

On crossing the line, he was greeted by 77-year-old Clive Crawley, the first runner to accumulate 42 medals.

“It was a hard run, and I struggled a bit on Polly Shortts, but I will be back for next year and intend doing them for as long as I can,” said Rogers, who took a couple of minutes to recover.

His association with the race began in 1961, when he took 10 hours, 13 minutes to collect his first medal in the down run. He went on to win three gold medals between 1974 and 1976. His fastest time came with a third position in the 1976 down.

“It’s a fantastic run by Dave. He was the youngest of my chasers and considerably more talented — I have no doubt he can add a good few more,” said Crawley, who was on duty handing out the coveted green numbers to 10-time finishers.

Rogers’s racing streak took a knock in 2003 when he underwent a resurfacing of his hip joint, resulting in his slowest time and his only other Vic Clapham medal in 2004.

At 65 years, he has no intention of stopping and should be able to take that record to the half century, but his immediate priority was to return to his Kloof home, where he promptly had his traditional post race sleep.

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