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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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BOSMAN PLANS ON RACING A SMART COMRADES-RACE

by Wilhelm de Swardt - 05 June 2018

The women’s Comrades-race might just on Sunday play out to be like the fabled race between the hare and the tortoise in which it is not the fastest runner winning but the cleverest. 
 
At 42 years of age Charné Bosman (Nedbank Running Club), Tuks/HPC based athlete is nearing the stage where she is getting to be the “dame” of competitive Comrades racing bu


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COMRADES FAVOURITE GERDA STEYN RARING TO GO

by Michelle Carnegie - 04 June 2018

With her trademark wide smile and long blonde hair she had the whole of South Africa at her feet when she crossed the finish line as winner of the 2018 Two Oceans Marathon. Now the time has come to take on the biggest race of them all, the Comrades Marathon. There is no doubt that Gerda Steyn has what it takes. 
 
There are few long distance runners who look as content as Steyn does when r


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THE VITALITY BIG HALF RETURNS FOR 2019

31 May 2018

The Vitality Big Half – London’s most exciting half-marathon – returns in 2019 on Sunday 10 March and general entries open today (Thursday).
 
The half-marathon, which starts close to the Tower of London and finishes at the Cutty Sark, was created to celebrate London’s diversity and inspire more people to get active and take up running.
 
More than 11,


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