Gugs marathon numbers rise

2016-09-29 06:00
 RCS Gugulethu Athletics Club members who have taken part in many Comrades Marathon races, standing from left at the back are Nassief Mohamed (6), Amos Mkalipi (1) Nndivheni Mabidi (1), Phumeza Bobotyana (2),Andile Makina (2), Mxoli Sigenu (1) Tebogo Kgafela (1), Patience Ndlovu (1) , Themba Shoko (1) , Zamubuntu Maxakana(1) Lungile Klaas (1) and Melikhaya Jandyck (2). Sitting from front are Cynthia Booysen (6), Nobuntu Mgqoboko (0), Patrick Kwashi (6), Mbongeni Lunda (2),Khonza Mxinwa (1) and Xolani Makinana (3). The numerical next to their names indicate the number of time each runners has run the Comrades.   PHOTO: voox sonandzi

RCS Gugulethu Athletics Club members who have taken part in many Comrades Marathon races, standing from left at the back are Nassief Mohamed (6), Amos Mkalipi (1) Nndivheni Mabidi (1), Phumeza Bobotyana (2),Andile Makina (2), Mxoli Sigenu (1) Tebogo Kgafela (1), Patience Ndlovu (1) , Themba Shoko (1) , Zamubuntu Maxakana(1) Lungile Klaas (1) and Melikhaya Jandyck (2). Sitting from front are Cynthia Booysen (6), Nobuntu Mgqoboko (0), Patrick Kwashi (6), Mbongeni Lunda (2),Khonza Mxinwa (1) and Xolani Makinana (3). The numerical next to their names indicate the number of time each runners has run the Comrades. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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The Orange Crowd as the RCS Gugulethu Athletics Club is fondly known is hellbent on making its presence felt in many races across the Peninsula and beyond.

This is evidenced by the number of athletes it dispatched in the last Comrades Marathon in Pietermaritzburg.

Proud club chairman Thobile Ndzube told City Vision Sport that this year they had more than 50 runners taking part in one of the ardous road races on offer internationally.

“We are very proud that our runners are keen to test their capabilities by even trying the Comrades Marathon,” said Ndzube.

He said by so doing the “runners were teaching others that nothing is impossible when the mind settles around it”.

Meanwhile the Comrades Marathon Association general manager Chris Fisher unveiled the 2017 Comrades Marathon campaign in Jozi last week, saying:

“Last year’s campaign “Izokuthoba – It Will Humble You” was a great success.

This year we wanted to come up with a campaign that described the inclusive nature of the biggest and oldest ultra-marathon in the world.’

Fisher adds, ‘A very definitive feature of our race is that it takes not only the commitment and dedication of thousands of people to stage the race, it also demands an enormous amount of discipline and determination from our runners.

We debated long and hard and eventually came up with a phrase with a double meaning: “It Takes All of You – Zinikele”.’

The 92nd Comrades Marathon will be an up-run on Sunday, 4 June 2017.

The race starts at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and ends 12 hours later at the Scottsville Race Course in Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of approximately 90km.

The opening date for entries is 1 September 2016.

The entry period closes on 30 November 2016 or as soon as the entry cap of 20,000 has been reached.

Prospective entrants are encouraged to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment. For more visit: www.comrades.com

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