70-year-old plans to have fun in her last Comrades

2015-05-26 09:38
Seventy-year-old Patsy Clemmans will be the oldest woman to run the Comrades Ultra Marathon this year.

Seventy-year-old Patsy Clemmans will be the oldest woman to run the Comrades Ultra Marathon this year. (Supplied)

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Pietermaritzburg - At 70-years-old, Patsy Clemmans will be the oldest woman to run the Comrades Ultra Marathon this year.

The Hillcrest Club runner from Durban ran her first Comrades in 1982 and was so caught up in the spirit of the race that it would not be her last.

With 14 Comrades under her belt, Clemmans says she is ready to run her final Comrades and plans on having fun as she does so.

“I just love the race. I decided that since the race is 90 years old this year and I am 70 and it is 2015 and it will be my 15th race, I should celebrate it.

“I think I was one of the first to enter. I was in Dubai with my daughter, which is two hours ahead of South Africa, when the entries opened. It was 4 am when I entered,” she said.

She said she was pleased to have qualified for this year’s Comrades and joked that the Olympian god, Hermes — messenger to the gods in Greek mythology — was on her side.

She said one of her toughest runs had been back in 2010 but despite the few “hiccups” experienced in that race, she was ready for 2015.

She said she did not expect the race to be a breeze and was running to have fun.

“My family is all overseas but they all support me and my partner is supporting me. He has been extremely patient.”

Clemmans said although she would be running her last Comrades on an up-hill run, she preferred the down-hill races and always had a better time on them than the up-hills.

“The up-hill runs are the most challenging but if you attack them in a sensible way, it will all be fine.

“Everyone has the potential to finish; you just have to do your own thing and have fun while running.”

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