New record for local runner

2015-04-30 16:53
LOUIS MASSYN (left), the first athlete ever who completed 40 Two Oceans Marathons, as well as 40 Comrades Marathons. With him are, from the left Bruce Fordyce, Ross Tucker, a researcher from the University of Cape Town, and Elana Meyer.

LOUIS MASSYN (left), the first athlete ever who completed 40 Two Oceans Marathons, as well as 40 Comrades Marathons. With him are, from the left Bruce Fordyce, Ross Tucker, a researcher from the University of Cape Town, and Elana Meyer.

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FOR the well-known athlete Louis Massyn (64), the completion of his 40th Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon was a milestone he will never forget.

He became the first athlete ever to complete 40 Two Oceans, as well as 40 Comrades Ultramarathons.

“It was a very difficult marathon. Due to an injury I could not practise for eight weeks,” he said.

“I took a chance, and fortunately everything went well.”

One of his running friends, Johan Swart from Odendaalsrus, ran with him.

“I really appreciate his support.”

Another unforgettable highlight of the Two Oceans last Saturday was when the world record holder of the Berlin Marathon, Haile Gebrselassie from Sudan, said of Louis: “I have just met a new mentor in my life.”

Gebrselassie, however, did not participate in the Two Oceans; he was a guest of honour.

Having run his first Comrades in 1973, Louis undertook his first “voyage” at the Two Oceans in 1976.

This year, Louis and Tony Abrahamson became the second and third runners to earn their Quadruple Blue, joining Noel Stamper (41 medals) in the Two Oceans 40 Club.

Louis is currently on 42 medals for the Comrades Marathon, tied second on the Big C list.

His Two Oceans’ medal haul consists of six silver, 31 bronze and two blue medals, and he can boast an impressive personal best time of 3:41, which he ran in 1981.

Looking ahead, Louis says he has no intention of hanging up his running shoes any time soon.

“My goal is to run until my body will no longer carry me.”

In terms of the unofficial world rankings for years participating in ultramarathons, Louis is currently ranked 17th after 42 years of running.

After the 2015 Comrades, he will move up to the 12th position.

But when you look at the combination of medals earned in the Two Oceans and Comrades, then Louis jumps right up to the top of the rankings

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