Cancelled Comrades Marathon a big blow but also chance to restructure running

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Running coach Norrie Williamson.
Running coach Norrie Williamson.
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Respected athletics coach and commentator Norrie Williamson says the cancellation of the Comrades Marathon for the second year running is a massive blow for the sport in the region and there’s a huge need for forward-thinking people to save the race in a sustainable away both for KZN and the country.

The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) “regrettably” announced yesterday that the June 13 ultra marathon will not be going ahead because of insurmountable Covid-19 issues.

Williamson says race cancellations not only deny runners sporting and fitness challenges, but also mean a lack of much-needed funding for KZN Athletics because of the absence of race levies that the organisation receives as a percentage of entry fees handled by race organisers.

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