THIS year’s Comrades Marathon was the greatest marathon of all time in terms of number of runners who participated.Over 21 000 runners started the race, according to the director of the Comrades Association. Race statistics revealed that Gauteng had the largest participants in the marathon with over 10 000 runners, followed by KwaZulu- Natal. The international entrants, and runners from other African nations made up the rest of the runners totalling a number never seen before in Comrades history. Ugu Athletics club chair Pardon Mathebula said he noted with interest that 36% of the runners in this year’s comrades were novices.He said the club was represented by 20 runners with 18 finishers, one did not finish and one did not start.“At the top of the log was Menzi Tshayiza who received a silver medal with a finishing time of seven hours and 42 seconds. This is despite the fact that Tshayiza was running the Comrades for the first time this year,” said Mathebula.Now, runners will rest for two weeks before resuming training for the Mandela Marathon in August, he said.