Trouble-free race for medics

2010-06-01 00:00

THE Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has confirmed that of the 16 700 runners who began the race on Sunday, just over 15 000 finished.

According to CMA’s Craig Fry, the race went “absolutely fine” with no major hiccups. “It was an all-round great day,” he said.

Race doctor Jeremy Boulter said he was pleased with the marathon from a medical perspective. “It was quiet, and there were no major problems,” he said.

Boulter said the medical tent treated 334 runners for ailments ranging from dehydration to cramps. Fifty-one patients were taken to hospital.

In Pietermaritzburg, St Anne’s treated four runners — two of whom were admitted. One of them has been discharged, and another, who suffered a broken ankle, will be discharged later today.

Durban’s St Augustine’s treated 47 patients and admitted eight. All were expected to have been discharged yesterday afternoon.

Boutler said that thanks to a good staff complement, the medical tents were not overrun. “Although we were inundated with runners, we managed to keep on top of things and treated everyone,” he said.

Officials confirmed cramps, nausea, vomiting and renal problems were the most common cause of runners’ discomfort on race day.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.