COMRADES WINNER TO PAY OFF FAMILY HOME WITH WINNINGS
13 June 2019
The 2019 men’s winner of the Comrades Marathon plans to pay off his family home with the R700 000 winnings from the Ultimate Human Race.
“I’m so grateful to have my hard work pay off in this way. I’m grateful for the support of my Nedbank team, my coach and more importantly my family – having them here watching me today makes this victory that much sweeter,” said Edward Mothibi. When asked about how he’d spend his R700 000 winnings, Mothibi was excited to say that he’ll pay off the home he recently bought for himself and his family.
His team mate and 2019 women’s winner Gerda Steyn, who pocketed R1.2 million winnings said she was very grateful for the win, and of course income.
“I plan to spend it wisely by investing in myself and others around me. Being a professional athlete, this is our income, so I’m very grateful for this.”
This past weekend at the 94th Comrades Marathon, the world saw a record-breaking runaway victory by Steyn and an epic win by second time entrant Mothibi.
Both members of the Nedbank Running Club, Steyn and Mothibi led a sweep by the club with 5 men and 4 women in the respective top 10s, making it the most gold medals for any competing running club this year. The team had Ireland’s Caitriona Jennings who finished 3rd, Poland’s Dominika Stelmach 5th and Canada’s Catriona Jones 9th in the women’s race. On the men’s side South Africa’s Joseph Manyedi finished 5th, Kenya’s Justin Cheshire in 6th place followed by Henri Ansio from Finland and Marko Mambo from Zimbabwe in 7th and 8th place respectively.
“We’re so happy to have seen our athletes performing so well this year. We knew in training that Gerda and Edward were giving this marathon their all and would yield amazing results, but we couldn’t have predicted it would happen in such an epic fashion,” said Nick Bester, National Manager of the Nedbank Running Club.
Steyn’s achievement comes only seven weeks after she missed the Two Oceans Marathon record by mere seconds. She smashed the Comrades record by more than 10 minutes, becoming the first woman to run under six hours in the up run. “This is a dream come true for me, it still feels surreal. I didn’t initially plan on taking on the record though I did think it was possible. Only halfway through the race, did I made the decision to go for it and I’m happy that it paid off.” said Steyn.
On the other hand, Mothibi hadn’t really planned to win the race, his initial goal was a top 10 finish. “All I wanted was to have a good race but I knew I’d give it my all to make it into the top 10. For a short while in those last few kilometers running alongside Bongmusa I was ready to accept that I’d be second. When I realized I was about 20 seconds ahead of him at the top of Polly Shorts, I knew I had a real chance at winning and had to push harder.” said Mothibi.
“Coming into the Comrades I had high hopes for our athletes and they didn’t disappoint so congratulations to both Gerda and Edward. Not forgetting all the Nedbank runners who showed up and gave their all in their Nedbank green, running an 87-kilometer race is no easy feat,” said Nedbank Sponsorship Manager Kelly Thompson
With a total of 855 Nedbank Running Club members from around the world running the comrades, 638 completed the race, with 5 men and 4 women finishing in the top 10 in each category.
“We’re also very proud of all Nedbank runners who managed to finish the toughest marathon in the world, regardless of their ranking. If you’re a runner and you love the road, you can be part of this family, we’re more than a club. For us it’s not just the podium finishes, even though running is an individual sport, knowing that you’ve got that sea of green shirts behind and around, rooting for you, makes a world of difference,” concluded Bester.
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