‘I may have missed the cut, but that isn’t stopping me’

2015-06-02 10:47
Guy Allen, dressed in pink, finishes the Comrades Marathon for cancer awareness in under nine hours after having run 105km a day before.

Guy Allen, dressed in pink, finishes the Comrades Marathon for cancer awareness in under nine hours after having run 105km a day before. (Alison Chadwick)

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THE 2015 Comrades Marathon’s oldest female runner has said although she did not make the cut-off time, it has not stopped her plans to run the Two Oceans 2016 at 71-years-old.

Hillcrest resident Patsy Clemmans ran her last Comrades on Sunday at 70 years old, but says she is ready for the 2016 Two Oceans Marathon.

Clemmans said that although she did not make the cut-off time for this year’s Comrades, she is not too disappointed as she ran to have fun — which is exactly what she did.

“Although I was cut off 18 km before the finish, I am not too upset about not making it.

“I do not have a single blister or cramps so I feel very blessed that I am in such good health.

“I had a lovely run, and I always say the only failure is not trying.”

Clemmans said she was proud that in all her years as a runner, she had never “bailed” on a race, and she had not quit this year’s Comrades either.

“I’ll be running Two Oceans next year. I will never give up.”

Meanwhile, three of the six double Comrades runners made it to the finish in a bid to raise money for the Lettie Love Fund and cancer awareness.

Guy Allen, one of the three runners who completed the double marathon, said he felt the event went well, even if only three of them crossed the Comrades finish line.

Allen — who had run 105 km with five of his team-mates on Friday night, finishing the lengthy run on Saturday evening — completed the 87-km Comrades in under nine hours.

Allen said he was proud of his fellow runners as they had all done the best they could, and said he was happy that three of them had crossed the Comrades finish line on Sunday afternoon

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