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THE COMRADES MARATHON IN NUMBERS

05 August 2017

The Comrades Marathon is one of the greatest foot races in the world – if not the greatest. It is a race that tells the story of courage, commitment and the strength of the human spirit. Here are some quick facts and interesting stats on a race that has become a South African tradition and a household name.
 
Total Entries (2017)
South Africa
Male: 1 5430
Female: 4 16


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THE UGLY BEAUTY OF COMRADES

by Nalize van Rooyen - 05 August 2017

I have read many crazy, inspiring, warm and fluffy Comrades posts, which has made me so hesitant to share mine. My story is not about the goose bumps or camaraderie or awestruck elation, but how it took every fiber of my being to pull myself together and keep going.

Three years ago I could hardly run 1km without feeling like death, but having done cross-country in school I remembered how much I rea


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STRONGER. BRAVER. BOLDER. BETTER

by Nalize van Rooyen - 05 August 2017

Twinkling stars winking from the charcoal morning expanse. Brilliant sunrises that reach deeply into the soul. Greedy wind bursts stealing caps and precious breaths alike. Drizzling rain dampening layers of clothing, but not so much spirits. Freezing air tendrils wrapping around already stubborn muscles and joints, locking them in place.

Across miles and miles of endlessly stretching tar roads, ove


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A QUOTE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY

05 August 2017

“Some sessions are stars and some are stones, but in the end they are all rocks and we build upon them.”
— Chrissie Wellington



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RUNNING SAVED MY LIFE

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

After a fun holiday with friends in Cape Town, she got back home and looked at the holiday pics. Staring back at her was a young woman smiling, but she knew that young woman was not happy. She weighed almost 100kg and was uncomfortable day in and day out. And that’s when Shandene van der Walt decided: ‘I never want to see that woman again!’ Today Shandene is the picture of health. She has not on

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PAIN TO PURPOSE

by Debbie Ivins - 05 August 2017

After battling with infertility for years, Debbie Ivins turned to running, which has lead her on a journey of fulfillment and improved emotional wellbeing.
 
I have been battling with infertility for several years, and felt my body had let me down. Miscarriages left me broken inside. Finally, after years of frustration I realised I had to stop letting my happiness be smothered by my situation.


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LEAN ON ME

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

Family bonding usually takes place over leisurely lunches and sunny beach holidays. But for one family it all happens on a 160km stretch of road between Port Alfred and East London in the Eastern Cape.
 
The Washie 100 Miler is a grueling 160km running race held each year in the Eastern Cape, and is seen as one of South Africa’s toughest long distance events. Two South African brothers, w


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250 PARKRUNS AND COUNTING

by Michelle Carnegie - 05 August 2017

He has just completed his 250th parkrun, making him only the 4th person in South Africa to do so, and the first in the Eastern Cape. On top of this Henry Pienaar has volunteered at parkruns a staggering 130 times. It is unbelievable to imagine that merely 5 years ago Henry was obese and a diabetic.

When Henry Pienaar crossed the finish line of his 250th parkrun at t


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PARKRUN CHANGED MY LIFE

by Laura Elfes - 05 August 2017

At the age of 13 UK park runner Laura Elfes set foot in Poole Park at 9:00am for her very first parkrun. It was painful to her mum, who ended up promising Laura a cake if she kept on going! Lara has since done more than 50 park runs and has never looked back. This is 16-year-old Laura’s story as told in her own words.
 
I'm not sure if my mum ever regrets taking me to that first run o


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PARKRUN...IN NUMBERS

05 August 2017

Parkruns have become a global phenomenon. Here are some interesting facts about this popular weekly 5km timed event.
 
First parkrun
The first parkrun was run in October 2004 in London’s Bushy Park. Paul Sinton-Hewitt, who could not even run it, as he was a volunteer timekeeper that morning, organized it. A total of 13 runners pitched.
 
Name Change
Origin


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