Striders line up for Comrades Marathon

2016-05-26 06:00
     PHOTO:    supplied Sixty-five South coast Striders will be lining up at the start of the 2016 Comrades Marathon in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

PHOTO: supplied Sixty-five South coast Striders will be lining up at the start of the 2016 Comrades Marathon in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday.

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SOUTH Coast Striders have 18 novices - first-time runners - this year who will participate in the Comrades Marathon.

A total of 65 runners will hit the road on Sunday.

This is a high percentage as the popularity of the sport seems to be on the increase, said Kim Rice, of the club.

One special achiever in the form of Zwelisha “Tiger” Gono will be attempting his 40th run.

This will be the first time that a black runner will accomplish this milestone.

“Gono has always been an unbelievable athlete and in his prime ran a staggering time of 6:13 putting him in 20th position overall. We also have a few top guys and girls running this year that are hoping for a silver medal, that is a finish time of under seven and a half hours,” said Rice.

She said it is interesting that more than half the Comrades field finish within the last half our of the 12-hour cut-off time and these are often known as the backbone of the comrades.

“Lots of fun and chirping can be heard from them along the way but as they reach the last 10 or so kilometres the laughter often turns to tears as the pain and agony sets in. It sounds like I’ve painted a terrible picture, but in fact it’s quite the opposite as they will feel the most incredible sense of achievement and honour in claiming that all important finishers medal,” she said.

The chilly start will be outside the town hall in Pietermarizburg at 5.30am, due to a cold front that’s on the weather forecast, and will finish in Durban at 5.30pm. - Supplied.


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