Three teenagers will be running the Virgin Money London Marathon on their 18th birthday this year, making history by becoming the first millennials to take part in the historic event. At the other end of the age spectrum is this year’s oldest runner who at the age of 87 will be participating in his 33rd London Marathon.
It’s been a couple of days since she ran the race of a lifetime, and though things are slowly starting to settle down and sink in, it is clear that her win at the recent Two Oceans Ultra has made South African running sensation Gerda Steyn determined to achieve even more.
Steyn, who has only been running for four years, of which two competitively, on Saturday stormed to victory at the T
The Virgin Money London Marathon is the world’s largest one-day fundraising event and more than 75 per cent of the 40,000+ runners will be raising money for charity on Sunday 22 April, adding to the incredible total of £890+ million raised in the first 37 years of the event.
Every runner has very personal reasons to run the famous 26.2-miles and here are some of their stories:
Kenyan runner Justin Kemboi (Nedbank RC International) won the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon today in a time of 03:09:21. In the women’s race, South African star Gerda Steyn romped home to claim a first OMTOM title in a time of 03:39:31.
Kemboi was racing in South Africa for the first time, while for Steyn the 2018 event was just her second OMTOM race.
Kane Reilly and Megan Mackenzie won their respective race categories at the 2018 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon Trail Run today. Reilly won the 24km men’s race in a time of 1:55:41, while Mackenzie was first home in the women’s 24km race in 2:23:27.
In the 12km Trail Run, Takalani Ndandani won the women’s event, with Kennedy Sekhuthe claiming the men’s title
Brian Key is the oldest runner entered into the 2018 edition of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon. On race day, he'll be 79. Over the years, he has seen the race go from strength to strength and with it he has learned many running lessons and many life lessons from running.
Regardless of his impressive Blue Number status - 15 Ultra Marathon finishes and counting - Key only took up runnin
Finishing the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) is no easy feat. And we aren’t talking about runners either. Like every other race, the OMTOM reaches an inevitable conclusion when time is up. Frikkie Kotze is a technical official and timekeeper of the Ultra Marathon, and it’s his job to make sure the race ends with a bang.
Starting the race off with a mighty cannon blast is a tradition that has been kept by the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (OMTOM) for some years now. As thousands of runners gather at the start of the world’s most beautiful marathon, the height of all their excitement and preparation is materialised with one loud boom of a cannon.
Martin Venter is a former member of the South Afric
He has run 38 Comrades Marathons (of which 18 silvers) and 26 Two Oceans Ultra’s (of which 4 silvers), the last when he was 76 years old. On top of that he recorded a finish time of less than 5 hours at Oceans at the age of 70! Fair to say that Caspar Greeff has some great advice to all runners tackling Saturday’s Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town.
While Cape Town is gearing up for a busy Easter holiday season, the organisers of the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon have confirmed that they are ready for the 49th edition of the world’s most beautiful marathon, scheduled to take place on Saturday (31 March 2018).
“We are once again looking forward to welcoming the sold-out field of 27 000 participants in the Ultr