Look out for No. 1052 — 56 years old and running his 30th Comrades in 35 years

2010-05-27 00:00

AMIEL van den Berg will be running his 30th Comrades Marathon at the age of 56.

He ran his first race in 1975 and has completed 29 runs, finishing each and every one of them.

Van den Berg said his best finishing time of six hours and 36 minutes was achieved in 1980.

His second attempt earned him the honour of being the first Rand Athletic runner home in a time of six hours and 46 minutes in 1976.

Having run in the colours of Rand Athletic Club, Pretoria Marathon Club and Namakwa Joggers, Van den Berg has been rewarded with eight silver medals for his efforts — four of them for sub-seven hour runs.

He said the highlights over his years of competing in the “ultimate human race” were running the race with his father and helping Ralie Smit (PMC) obtain a silver medal for her run in 1989.

Keep a look-out for runner number 1052 during this 85th edition of the Comrades Marathon, and show him your support during his 30th race.

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