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COMRADES GOLD MEDALLIST RAN 900KM IN DAYS LEADING UP TO RACE

by Michelle Carnegie - 19 July 2018

Ask any Comrades Marathon runner; it’s a gruelling race, no matter who you are. Running 90km over some of the biggest hills South Africa has to offer is no easy feat. Now imagine running 900km in the days leading up to Comrades, and then immediately after, you line up to tackle the actual Ultimate Human Race. Well, that’s exactly what Carla Molinaro did. But what makes her story even more incredible i

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BROTHERS IN ARMS

by Michelle Carnegie - 13 July 2018

Four brothers, one dream: to finish the 2018 Comrades Marathon together. Quite a task, especially keeping in mind that firstly, not too many people can lay claim to have finished the gruelling 90km between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. And secondly, even less can lay claim to have tackled this enormous task with not just one, but with four siblings! And of course, as most Comrades runners know, the chances of cros

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IRVETTE VAN ZYL: PREGNANCY, MOTHERHOOD & RUNNING

by Michelle Carnegie - 02 July 2018

Four days before her second son was born Olympic marathoner and SA’s running sweetheart still managed a 46-minute 10km run. No wonder Irvette van Zyl not only looks fantastic barely a month after the birth of her son, but she is already back in training with some exciting running goals in the near future.
 
Nedbank Running Club’s Van Zyl and Olympian hurdler husband LJ, welcomed lit


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STAND BY ME

by Michelle Carnegie - 24 June 2018

It’s a fact: behind every good athlete stands a good coach. And this is no exception when it comes to 2018 Comrades Winner Ann Ashworth, and the pro men from Team Entsika, who not only won three gold medals at this year’s Comrades Marathon, but also won the overall men’s team prize.
 
In fact, it’s not just a good coach behind these athletes, but rather an exceptional on


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FROM 100KG COUCH POTATO TO 3RD PLACE FINISHER AT COMRADES

by Carl Peters - 22 June 2018

When British runner and Nedbank Running Club (NRC) athlete Steve Way crossed the finish line of this year’s Comrades Marathon in third place, many spectators saw him as another exceptional elite athlete with superb genes. There’s no denying that. But what very few people know about this 43-year-old runner is that not too long ago he weighed over 100kg and smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day. And he d

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COMRADES CHAMP ASHWORTH LOOKS BACK ON DREAM WIN

by Michelle Carnegie - 15 June 2018

It’s been nearly a week since Ann Ashworth won the 2018 Comrades Marathon…in style. The 34-year-old advocate broke the tape of her 7th Comrades race in a time of 6:10:04, the fastest time since Russian Elena Nurgalieva ran 6:07:12 for the 2012 Down Run (keeping in mind that course was 900m shorter as this year’s course).

Ashworth beat favourite Gerda Steyn by more than


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4 BROTHERS TACKLING COMRADES TOGETHER

09 June 2018

Four brothers - all living in different parts of the world - are hoping to fulfil a long time dream of lining up together at this Sunday’s Comrades Marathon…and finishing together…
 
Though all of them are runners, they have never run a race together. In fact, because they are all scattered over the world, they’ve never even trained together, the closest they are getti


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RACE FOR GOLD - TOP CONTENDERS TO WATCH IN #COMRADES2018

09 June 2018

Here they are, some of the top female and male contenders to watch out for at tomorrow’s Comrades Marathon.
 
WOMEN
 
Stephanie Smith – Born2Run
Smith won her first Comrades gold medal last year in her sixth attempt. Her ninth place finish has motivated her to return this year and try and capture back-to-back gold medals. The Eastern Cape athlete won the Br


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COMRADES 2018: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

08 June 2018

The Comrades Marathon Association's (CMA) Race Director, Rowyn James has briefed the media on preparations for the 93rd Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 10 June 2018.
 
James says the official route distance for this year’s down-run is 90.184km. Along the route will be 44 fully stocked refreshment stations, containing water, fruit, energy drinks, energy bars, chocolat


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SA'S 1ST WOMEN'S ONLY ELITE RUNNING TEAM MAKES COMRADES DEBUT

07 June 2018

Team Massmart, South Africa’s first women’s only elite running team, is a force to be reckoned with at Sunday’s Comrades Marathon.

Massmart launched the team in October 2017 and one can’t ask for a more accomplished and experienced group of women.

The accomplished ultra and long distance team is comprised of 9 members, 7 of which are participating in Sunday&rs


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