Get your Website from as little as R2 999.99 Once Off.

COMRADE MARATHON 2024

By SATZ Infinite Success · Jun 8, 2024
COMRADE MARATHON 2024 picture

COMRADE MARATHON 2024. 

Event Details: 

DATE & TIME OF RACE 

The race will be run on Sunday, 9 June 2024 starting at 05h20 and finishing at 17h20. 

ROUTE & DISTANCE 

It is an "UP RUN" starting at the City Hall in Durban and finishing in Pietermaritzburg. The race distance is approximately 85,9km. This distance is subject to change and will be confirmed in the Final Race Instructions (FRI). 

ENTRY PERIOD & CAP 

Entries open on 21 November 2023 at 10h00 and will close on 11 December 2023 at 16h20. 

Total number of entries will be capped at 23 000. 

The entry period will close at 16h20 on 11 December 2023 or once the entry cap of 23 000 has been reached, whichever comes first. 

ENTRY FEE 

ENTRY TYPEENTRY FEE
South Africa CitizensR1 200
SA Residents & Rest of Africa EntrantsR2 000
International EntrantsR4 500

Entry fee is waived for holders of 25 or more Comrades medals. 

An entry service provider fee will be charged on the entry over and above the entry fee cost. 

ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE (unless the race is cancelled due to force majeure). No entry transfers or deferrals will be allowed. 

The Comrades Marathon is an ultramarathon of approximately 88 kilometres which is run annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race. 

The Comrades Marathon was back… after a two-year break, in 2020 and 2021, resulting from the world-wide Covid 19 pandemic. 

A palpable pall of excitement and anticipation descended over the 13213 athletes, from multiple counties around the globe, gathered on the start–line. The atmosphere was electric; like there had never been a lapse at all. 

THE MEN’S RACE. 

After the hiatus of 2 years, pre-race selections were near impossible. Was the old guard still lurking behind the lost years; yet remained a powerful force? Or was the new generation about to invade and spoil the party for the established pre-Covid brigade? 

The massed voices of the Shosholoza choir went silent… Expectancy reigned… broken by Max Trimborn’s croaky recording… The cannon roared… and Chariots of Fire drove the massive field away on its, unavoidably delayed, odyssey to distant Durban; languishing, in a mild Spring morning, on the shores of the Indian Ocean; more than 90 kilometres away. 

The Start to Lynnfield Park.  

Inevitably, in the excitement of leading the Comrades Marathon, the annual, initial early pace-setters led the human crocodile through the darkened suburbs and out of the city. Groups of early risers and pajama-clad children cheered them on to the first major obstacle: Polly Shortts. First to show, as the dim light of day appeared in the east, was Onalenna Khonkhobe. He held a 90-second advantage over Lebenya Nkoka as they sped through Ashburton and down Little Polly’s to Lynnfield Park. Not far adrift, at regular intervals lay Ronnie Lapshe, Amon Theko, Rufus Photo and Abel Chiposiwa.  

Powering ahead, Khonkhobe went through the first checkpoint with a lead of nearly 3 minutes over Nkoka. 

2022 Down (95th Race - 47th Down Run). 

DateSunday, 22 August
WeatherMild and overcast at start. Partly cloudy in mid-morning and early afternoon. Cold wind late afternoon at finish.
Temperature – Min/ Max (Celsius):
PMB
DBN

 11/27
16/22
Start Venue/TimePietermaritzburg City Hall / 5:30
Finish VenueMoses Mabhida Stadium
Time Limit12 Hours
Official Distance90.184 kms
Winner’s Average Speed:
Men:
Women:

16.37 km/hr (3m 40s/km)
14.32 km/hr (4m 11s/km)
Entries (Total)
Men:
Women:
16478
12961 (78.7%)
3517 (21.3%)
Starters (Total)
Men:
Women:
13213
10486 (79.4%)
2727 (20.6%)
Finishers – Total
Men:
Women:
11713
9333 (79.7%)
2380 (20.3%)
Medals – Gold20 (Men: 10, Women: 10)
Wally Hayward11 (Men)
Isavel Roche-Kelly25 (Women)
Silver404 (Men)
Bill Rowan1705 (Men 1544 : Women 161)
Robert Mtshali2242 (Men 1850 : Women 392)
Bronze3225 (Men 2487 : Women 738)
Vic Clapham4081 (Men 3027 : Women 1054)
% Finishers / Starters88.6% (Men 70.6% : Women 18.0%)

 

History. 

The Comrades was run for the first time on 24 May 1921 (Empire Day), and with the exception of a break during World War II, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic-impacted 2020 and 2021, has been run every year since. To date, over 300,000 runners have completed the race. 

The race was the idea of World War I veteran Vic Clapham, to commemorate the South African soldiers killed during the war. Clapham, who had endured a 2,700-kilometre route march through sweltering German East Africa, wanted the memorial to be a unique test of the physical endurance of the entrants. The constitution of the race states that one of its primary aims is to "celebrate mankind's spirit over adversity". Vic Clapham's great-grandson, Antony Clapham, finished the race from 2012 to 2015, earning four Vic Clapham medals. 

From 1962 to 1994 the race was run on Republic Day, 31 May. After this public holiday was scrapped in 1995 by the post-apartheid South African government, the race date was changed to Youth Day on 16 June. In 2007, the race organisers (controversially) bowed to political pressure from the ANC Youth League, who felt that the race diverted attention from the significance of Youth Day, and changed the race date to Sunday 17 June for 2007 and 15 June for 2008. In 2009 and 2010 the date was changed (to 24 May and 30 May respectively) to accommodate football's Confederations Cup (2009) and World Cup (2010) in South Africa. In 2020 and 2021, the race was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Multiple Winners. 

Men's championWinsClubWomen's championWinsClub
South Africa Bruce Fordyce +9Wits AC, Rand ACRussia Elena Nurgalieva +8 
South Africa/United Kingdom Arthur Newton +5 South Africa Maureen Holland +4 
South Africa Hardy Ballington +5 South Africa Lettie van Zyl +3Germiston Callies Harriers
South Africa Wally Hayward +5Germiston Callies HarriersNew Zealand/South Africa Helen Lucre +3Hillcrest Villagers AC
South Africa Jackie Mekler +5Germiston Callies HarriersSouth Africa Frith van der Merwe +3Benoni Northerns AC
South Africa Alan Robb +4Germiston Callies HarriersGermany Maria Bak +3Germany
South Africa Dave Bagshaw +3Savages ACSouth Africa Lindsay Weight +2UCT AC
Zimbabwe Stephen Muzhingi +3 South Africa Isavel Roche-Kelly +2UCT AC
Belarus/South Africa Vladimir Kotov3 South Africa Elizabeth Cavanagh2Estcourt AC
South Africa Bongmusa Mthembu +3 Russia Olesya Nurgalieva2 
South Africa Johnny Coleman2 United States Ann Trason +2USA
South Africa Bill Cochrane +2 South Africa Gerda Steyn +2Nedbank RC
South Africa Gerald Walsh +2Durban AC   
South Africa Trevor Allen +2Durban AC   
South Africa Derek Preiss2Westville AC   
Russia Dmitri Grishin2    
Russia Leonid Shvetsov +2    
South Africa Tete Dijana2Nedbank RC   

 

Lead Group at Lynnfield Park (15.57 km) 

1stOnalenna KhonkhobeSouth Africa50m 28s
2ndLebenya NkokaLesotho52m 31s
3rdRonnie LapsheSouth Africa54m 24s
4thAmon ThekoSouth Africa57m 52s
5thRufus Photo
Abel Chiposiwa
South Africa
Zimbabwe
58m 50s
7thGroup of 9 58m 52s

Lynnfield Park to Cato Ridge 

Khonkhobe and, to a lesser degree, Nkoka, appeared to be men on a mission; drawing away from the chase group over the roller coaster section to Cato Ridge. They passed the timekeepers 10 minutes and 6 minutes respectively, ahead of the main field. Azar Shah moved into 3rd position while Lapshe fell out of the top ten. 

Slowly, the race was developing behind them with Charles Tjiane, David Gatebe and Edward Mothibi featuring in the lead group through Cato Ridge. 

Lead Group at Cato Ridge (30.28km) 

1stOnalenna KhonkhobeSouth Africa1h 37m 51s
2ndLebenya NkokaLesotho1h 41m 34s
3rdAzar ShahSouth Africa1h 47m 38s
4thTefo MontoediSouth Africa1h 52m 24s
5thMalusi DlomoSouth Africa1h 52m 26s
6thAbel Chiposiwa
Ntsindiso Mphakathi
Zimbabwe
South Africa
1h 52m 27s
8thCharles Tjiane
David Gatebe
South Africa
South Africa
1h 52m 28s
10thRufus Photo
Edward Mothibi
Nkosinathi Duma
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
1h 52m 29s

Cato Ridge to Drummond 

Khonkhobe was the first to greet an excited crowd at the halfway mark at Drummond. Nkoka retained his 2nd place but questions were beginning to surface. Had the two leaders started out too fast? 

Their lead increased to 18 and 12 minutes respectively. The 2016 winner, 41-year-old David Gatebe, was running purposefully in the forefront of the chasers and appeared a possible candidate for a major medal. 

Lead group at Drummond (44.27 km) 

1stOnalenna KhonkhobeSouth Africa2h 25m 51s
2ndLebenya NkokaLesotho2h 31m 32s
3rdNtsindiso MphakathiSouth Africa2h 43m 16s
4thDavid GatebeSouth Africa2h 43m 20s
5thThulane MagagulaSouth Africa2h 43m 21s
6thPhilani NkomoSouth Africa2h 43m 21s
7thGroup of 12
(separated by 2sec)
  

Drummond to Winston Park 

The first sign that Khonkhobe was weakening appeared as he went past the Winston Park checkpoint. His lead was down to 5 minutes over Nkoka. Neither were running as freely as they were at Drummond giving the impression that the early pace was beginning to tell on them. Nkoka assed through with an advantage of 3½ minutes over a quartet of renowned big names comprising Teboho Sello, Mothibi, Tete Djiana and Joseph Manyedi. The promise shown earlier, by David Gatebe, dissipated as he fell out of the lead group. 

Lead group at Winston Park (57.61 km) 

1stOnalenna KhonkhobeSouth Africa3h 23m 48s
2ndLebenya NkokaLesotho3h 28m 35s
3rdTeboho SelloLesotho3h 32m 58s
4thEdward MothibiSouth Africa3h 33m 01s
4thTete DjianaSouth Africa3h 33m 01s
4thJoseph ManyediSouth Africa3h 33m 01s
7thBernard ChirchirKenya3h 33m 02s
8thMabuthile LebopoLesotho3h 33m 03s
9thDan MoselakweSouth Africa3h 33m 05s
9thLutendo MapotoSouth Africa3h 33m 05s

Winston Park to Pinetown 

Having led from the start to just beyond Drummond, Khonkhobe, inexplicably withdrew. Another glory-seeker paying the price for over-exuberance. 

The race, however, was now taking shape. Running side-by-side, Mothibi and Djiana came off Field’s Hill and into Pinetown. Sello was a minute adrift with multiple winner, Bongmusa Mthembu, entering the top 10. 

Lead group at Pinetown (68.86 km) 

1stEdward MothibiSouth Africa4h 10m 28s
1stTete DjianaSouth Africa4h 10m 28s
3rdJoseph ManyediSouth Africa4h 11m 07s
4thNkosikhone MhlakwanaSouth Africa4h 11m 33s
5thDan MoselakweSouth Africa4h 12m 11s
6thLutendo MapotoSouth Africa4h 12m 18s
7thTeboho SelloLesotho4h 12m 38s
8thBongmusa MthembuSouth Africa4h 12m 51s
9thMabuthile LebopoLesotho4h 13m 06s
10thJohannes MakgetleSouth Africa4h 17m 14s

Pinetown to Sherwood 

As the pace quickened on the run down into Sherwood. Djiana moved ahead of Mothibi and built a lead of a minute running through the checkpoint. Manyedi had fallen 4 minutes behind the flying leaders. The potential Gold Medallists appeared to be assembling for the final dash into Durban. 

Dan Moselakwe, Mthembu, Nkosikhone Mhlakwana and Johannes Makgetla had pressed the accelerator and the race, for Gold, was on. 

Lead group at Sherwood (81.18 km) 

1stTete DjianaSouth Africa4h 54m 47s
2ndEdward MothibiSouth Africa4h 55m 52s
3rdJoseph ManyediSouth Africa4h 59m 52s
4thDan MoselakweSouth Africa5h 00m 13s
5thBongmusa MthembuSouth Africa5h 01m 07s
6thNkosikhone MhlakwanaSouth Africa5h 01m 41s
7thJohannes MakgetleSouth Africa5h 05m 03s
8thLutendo MapotoSouth Africa5h 06m 43s
9thMabuthile LebopoLesotho5h 07m 00s
10thSolly ManduwaMalawi5h 08m 40s

Sherwood to the Finish 

There was no stopping Djiana, however. He entered Moses Mabhida Stadium to a delirious reception from the spectators to become the first Comrades winner in three years. Moselakwe made a desperate effort to capture 3rd position. 

Sadly, Manyedi, after a valiant run, drifted out to 7th place; being overtaken by Mthembu, Makgetla and Mhlakwana. 

RESULT 

Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 18m 19s (89.208 km) 
David Gatebe (age 34) – 2016 (Race Distance 89.208 km) 

1stTete Djiana (age 34)South Africa5h 30m 38s
2ndEdward Mothibi (37)South Africa5h 33m 46s
3rdDan Matshailwe (28)South Africa5h 36m 25s
4thBongmusa Mthembu (39)South Africa5h 38m 07s
5thJohannes Makgetla (40)South Africa5h 41m 36s
6thNkosikhone Mhlakwana (29)South Africa5h 43m 28s
7thJoseph Manyedi (39)South Africa5h 44m 57s
8thSolly Manduwa (47)Malawi5h 46m 10s
9thCharles Tjiane (48)South Africa5h 47m 04s
10thLutendo Mapoto (33)South Africa5h 47m 20s

Number of finishers in Age Category – 2810  Number of finishers in Mens Race – 9333 

VETERANS (AGE 40-49) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 27m 22s (89.600 km) 
Vladimir Kotov (age 43) (Berlarus) – 2001 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Mens Race
1stJohannes Makgetla (age 40)South Africa5h 41m 36s5
2ndSolly Manduwa (47)Malawi5h 46m 10s8
3rdCharles Tjiane (48)South Africa5h 47m 04s9

Number of finishers in Age Category – 4105 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 9333 
 

MASTERS (AGE 50-59) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 48m 12s (89.208 km) 
Vladimir Kotov (age 54) (Belarus) – 2012 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Mens Race
1stOleg Kharitonov (age 54)Russia6h 42m 10s95
2ndBethuel Netshitenzhe (50)South Africa6h 51m 00s123
3rdAshley Driver (50)South Africa6h 57m 51s142

Number of finishers in Age Category – 1975 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 9333 
 

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60+) 

Current Best Time (Up) : 6h 52m 08s (89.208 km) 
Peter Camenzind (age 60) (Switzerland) – 2012 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Mens Race
1stShaun Meiklejohn (age 60)South Africa7h 18m 12s280
2ndJabulani Gamede (60)South Africa7h 20m 07s314
3rdNdabezinhle Ndlovu (63)Zimbabwe8h 12m 41s910

Number of finishers in Age Category – 443 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 9333 
 

FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN MAN 

Name and AgeTimeFinish Position Mens RaceTotal Finishers Mens Race
Tete Djiana (age 34)5h 30m 38s19333

FIRST FOREIGN MAN (NO TROPHY) 

Name, Age, CountryTimeFinish Position Mens RaceTotal Finishers Mens Race
Solly Manduwa (47) – Malawi5h 46m 10s89333

GUNGA DIN TROPHY 

First Men's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 22h 19m 29s (89.179 km) 
Liberty Nike Athletic Club – 2003 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Hollywood Bets AC KZN
Nkosikhona Mhlakwana (29)
Sikhumbuzo Seme (37)
Nkosinathi Mthalane (37)
Menzi Ndaba (27)

6
33
74
77
24h 56m 27s
5h 43m 28s
6h 07m 37s
6h 32m 00s
6h 33m 22s

ARTHUR NEWTON MEMORIAL TROPHY 

Second Men's Team 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Nedbank Running Club KZN
Malusi Dlomo (age 36)
Mzwenkosi Mjaja (33)
Phalang Mosiea (32)
Derek Gumede (39)

25
26
51
69
24h 58m 01s
6h 03m 26s
6h 04m 01s
6h 19m 42s
6h 30m 52s

VIC CLAPHAM MEMORIAL TROPHY 

First Veteran Men's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 25h 27m 48s (88.771 km) 
Rand Athletic Club – 1986 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Murray and Roberts AC CG
Thulane Magagula (age 45)
Wandisile Nongodlwana (46)
Siegfriedt Heydenrych (44)
Warren Ralph (51)

11
56
124
380
26h 42m 54s
5h 59m 55s
6h 23m 11s
6h 52m 49s
7h 26m 59s

NO TROPHY 

First Men's Trophy 
Current Team Best Time (Down) 23h 18m 15s (90.184 km) 
Entsika A C CG – 2018 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Nedbank Running Club GN


Tete Dijana (age 34)
Edward Mothibi (37)
Dan Matshailwe (28)
Johannes Makgetla (40)



1
2
3
5
22h 22m 25s
New Best Time Down

5h 30m 38s
5h 33m 46s
5h 36m 25s
5h 41m 36s

HARDY BALLINGTON TROPHY 

First Novice - Man 
Current Best Time (Up) : 5h 26m 29s (89.600 km) 
Leonid Shvetsov (age 32) (Russia) – 2001 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Men's RaceTotal Finishers Men's Race
Dan Matshailwe (age 28)
5h 36m 25s
39333

SOUTH AFRICAN LEGION TROPHY 

First Veteran Man 
Current Best Time (Up) : 5h 27m 22s (89.600 km) 
Vladimir Kotov (age 43) (Belarus) – 2001 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Men's RaceTotal Finishers Men's Race
Johannes Makgetla (40)

5h 41m 36s
59333

PREMIER'S TROPHY 

First KZN Man 
Current Best Time (Up) : 5h 26m 39s (89.208 km) 
Bongmusa Mthembu (age 32) – 2016 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Men's RaceTotal Finishers Men's Race
Bongmusa Mthembu (39)
5h 38m 07s
49333

WOMEN'S RACE 

It was a great disappointment that Gerda Steyn, the defending Up Run Champion and the first woman to break 6 hours for the Up Run, opted not to compete this year. Her preparation for an international standard marathon was at an advanced stage and a hard, competitive Comrades could have had a detrimental effect on her performance in an International event. 

For unknown reasons, the Women’s race has, in recent years, developed a completely opposite strategic complexion to the Men’s race where the initial surge is, invariably, that group of no-hopers who, without exception, fade into oblivion after 3 or 4 hours and finish well down the field, or withdraw long before the finish. 

The Start to Lynnfield Park 

Those women who entertained pretentions of aiming for major honours wasted little time is assembling themselves into positions to strike at any moment during the race. The lead group, as the field swept across the first timing mat, contained six candidates who would claim a Gold Medal a touch over 5 hours later. 

First to show, near the crest of Polly Shortts, was Adele Broodryk. She was moving freely and reached the checkpoint 66 seconds ahead of Dominika Stelmach. Less than 2 minutes later followed Camille Herron and Alexandra Morozova running within a few strides of each other. 

Lead Group at Lynnfield (15.57 km) 

1stAdele BroodrykSouth Africa1h 03m 40s
2ndDominika StelmachPoland1h 04m 46s
3rdCamille HerronUSA1h 06m 38s
4thAlexandra MorozovaRussia1h 06m 44s
5thCathrerine MalunganeSouth Africa1h 06m 51s
6thHelena Joubert
Ann Ashworth
South Africa
South Africa
1h 06m 52s
8thMakhosazane MhlongoSouth Africa1h 06m 55s
9thCharne BosmanSouth Africa1h 07m 49s
10thJenna Challenor
Anna Amutoko
South Africa
Namibia
1h 07m 51s

Lynnfield Park to Cato Ridge 

The race was settling down with only minor positional changes ocurring. Broodryk and Stelmach continued to set the pace with Broodryk increasing her advantage to just over 3 minutes. Morozova and Herron swapped positions. Anna Amutoko dropped out of the top ten with Galatetsang Mekgoe moving into contention. 

Lead group at Cato Ridge (30.28 km) 

1stAdele BroodrykSouth Africa2h 00m 41s
2ndDominika StelmachPoland2h 03m 47s
3rdAlexandra MorozovaRussia2h 07m 29s
4thCamille HerronUSA2h 09m 09s
5thJenna ChallenorSouth Africa2h 09m 21s
6thCharne BosmanSouth Africa2h 09m 27s
7thAnn AshworthSouth Africa2h 09m 53s
8thMakhosazane MhlongoSouth Africa2h 10m 00s
9thHelena JoubertSouth Africa2h 10m 09s
10thGalatetsang MekgoeSouth Africa2h 10m 54s

Cato Ridge to Drummond 

Running into Drummond with half the journey completed, Broodryk, Stelmach and Morozova continued to dominate proceedings. Both Jenna Challenor and Charne Bosman went past Herron to move into the top five places. Carla Molinaro was making a determined effort to join the lead group with Ann Ashworth losing ground. 

Lead group at Drummond (44.27 km) 

1stAdele BroodrykSouth Africa2h 57m 39s
2ndDominika StelmachPoland3h 00m 57s
3rdAlexandra MorozovaRussia3h 05m 43s
4thJenna ChallenorSouth Africa3h 09m 04s
5thCharne BosmanSouth Africa3h 10m 35s
6thCamille HerronUSA3h 10m 40s
7thGalatetsang MekgoeSouth Africa3h 12m 30s
8thHelena JoubertSouth Africa3h 13m 25s
9thCarla MolinaroSouth Africa3h 15m 33s
10thMakhosazane MhlongoSouth Africa3h 16m 14s

Drummond to Winston Park 

Over the picturesque, but hilly section to Winston Park, the leading four positions remained unchanged. Stelmach appeared to have made her intentions clear, closing to just 1m 17s behind Broodryk. Makhosazane Mhlongo, looking stressed, dropped out of the lead group with Renata Vosloo making steady progress. 

Lead Group at Winston Park (57.61 km) 

1stAdele BroodrykSouth Africa3h 58m 14s
2ndDominika StelmachPoland3h 59m 31s
3rdAlexandra MorozovaRussia4h 03m 16s
4thJenna ChallenorSouth Africa4h 07m 08s
5thCamille HerronUSA4h 15m 00s
6thGalatetsang MekgoeSouth Africa4h 15m 20s
7thCharne BosmanSouth Africa4h 16m 58s
8thHelena JoubertSouth Africa4h 19m 43s
9thCarla MolinaroSouth Africa4h 21m 57s
10thRenata VoslooSouth Africa4h 22m 34s

Winston Park to Pinetown 

On the long stretch down Field’s Hill into Pinetown, the leaders looked in full control of the race. Stelmach took the lead as Broodryk began drifting back through the village of Kloof. Morozova had shifted up a gear, also passing Broodryk and moving to just over a minute adrift of Stelmach. Galatetsang Mekgoe surprised the lead group, moving into 6th position. Molinaro and Vosloo picked up a few places as Bosman fell back. 

Lead Group at Pinetown (68.86 km) 

1stDominika StelmachPoland4h 45m 17s
2ndAlexandra MorozovaRussia4h 46m 49s
3rdAdele BroodrykSouth Africa4h 47m 31s
4thJenna ChallenorSouth Africa4h 54m 28s
5thCamille HerronUSA5h 05m 10s
6thGalatetsang MekgoeSouth Africa5h 05m 20s
7thHelena JoubertSouth Africa5h 12m 33s
8thCarla MolinaroSouth Africa5h 13m 05s
9thRenata VoslooSouth Africa5h 14m 00s
10thCharne BosmanSouth Africa5h 14m 32s

Pinetown to Sherwood 

Morozova, powering her way up Cowies’ Hill, caught Stelmach on the approaches to Westville. At this stage the top three positions, barring mishaps, seemed settled. The flying leader went through the Sherwood checkpoint with a 4-minute advantage on Stelmach who held a similar margin over Broodryk. The leading three were clearly running faster than the chasers. 

Mekgoe was travelling steadily in 5th position with Annerie Wooding and Yolande Maclean entering the lead group as Vosloo and Bosman fell away. 

Lead Group at Sherwood (81.18 km) 

1stAlexandra MorozovaRussia5h 37m 00s
2ndDominika StelmachPoland5h 41m 11s
3rdAdele BroodrykSouth Africa5h 45m 42s
4thJenna ChallenorSouth Africa5h 52m 19s
5thGalatetsang MekgoeSouth Africa6h 01m 51s
6thCamille HerronUSA6h 02m 58s
7thHelena JoubertSouth Africa6h 11m 32s
8thAnnerie WoodingSouth Africa6h 14m 34s
9thCarla MolinaroSouth Africa6h 14m 37s
10thYolande MacleanSouth Africa6h 17m 16s

Sherwood to the Finish 

Morozova was now in total control and entered Moses Mabhida Stadium more than 7 minutes before Stelmach arrived. Broodryk hung on gamely to take 3rd place. Janie Grundling put in a storming effort over the final few kilometers finishing 8th having picked up ten places in the run-in from Pinetown. 

RESULT  

Best Time (Down) : 5h 54m 43s (89.600 km) 
Frith van der Merwe (age 25) – 1989 (Race Distance 89.600 km) 

1stAlexandra Morozova (age 32)Russia6h 17m 48s
2ndDominika Stelmach (40)Poland6h 25m 09s
3rdAdele Broodryk (31)South Africa6h 26m 35s
4thJenna Challenor (41)South Africa6h 42m 14s
5thGalatetsang Mekgoe (26)South Africa6h 42m 53s
6thCamille Herron (40)USA6h 44m 29s
7thHelena Joubert (46)South Africa6h 55m 36s
8thJanie Grundling (42)South Africa6h 59m 44s
9thAnnerie Wooding (39)South Africa6h 59m 55s
10thYolande Maclean (44)South Africa7h 00m 19s

Number of finishers in Age Category – 841 
Number of finishers in Women's Race – 2380 

VETERANS (AGE 40-49) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 18m 33s (89.179 km) 
Maria Bak (age 44) (Germany) – 2003 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Women's Race
1stDominika Stelmach (40)Poland6h 25m 09s2
2ndJenna Challenor (41)South Africa6h 42m 14s4
3rdCamille Herron (40)USA6h 44m 29s6

Number of finishers in Age Category – 1090 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2380 
 

MASTERS (AGE 50-59) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 50m 21s (89.208 km) 
Colleen De Reuck (age 52) – 2016 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Women's Race
1stLindsay van Aswegen age 53)South Africa7h 49m 45s47
2ndTebogo Tsotetsi (52)South Africa8h 37m 57s106
3rdLeonie van der Westhuizen (54)South Africa8h 50m 07s138

Number of finishers in Age Category – 395 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2380 
 

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60+) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 8h 12m 36s (90.184 km) 
Elizabeth Waywell (age 60) – 2018 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Women's Race
1stJulie Shadwell (age 60)South Africa8h 52m 24s148
2ndIrene Wisdom (62)South Africa9h 28m 51s313
3rdBrigitte Madlener (63)South Africa9h 43m 22s414

Number of finishers in Age Category – 54 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2380 
 

FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN 

Name and AgeTimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Adele Broodryk (age 31)6h 26m 35s32380

FIRST FOREIGN WOMAN (NO TROPHY)

Name, Age, CountryTimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Alexandra Morozova (32) – Russia5h 37m 00s12380

COMRADES MARATHON ASSOCIATION SHIELD 

First Women's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 27h 50m 03s (89.208 km) 
Born 2 Run Athletic Club – 2016 

 Finish Position Women's RaceTime
Run Zone AC
Sarah Silber (age 28)
Lindsay Stafford (34)
Lynette Cronk (34)
Jessica Aylward (25)

48
59
126
135
33h 36m 56s
7h 54m 23s
8h 06m 08s
8h 46m 56s
8h 49m 29s

75th ANNIVERSARY SHIELD 

First Veteran Women's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 31h 37m 53s (89.600 km) 
Durbanville Athletic Club – 2001 

 Finish Position Women's RaceTime
Murray and Roberts CG
Yolande Mclean (age 44)
Caroline Josten (41)
Enie Manzini (41)
Ilse Marais (44)


10
15
19
27
28h 46m 49s
New Best Time Down
7h 00m 19s
7h 09m 53s
7h 14m 51s
7h 21m 46s

NO TROPHY

First Elite Women's Trophy 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 28h 08m 41s (90.184 km) 
Massmart Athletics Club – 2018 

 Finish Position Women's RaceTime
Murray and Roberts CG
Adele Broodryk (age 31)
Jenna Challenor (41)
Kate Rees (44)
Danette Walley (33)

3
4
12
16
27h 22m 31s
6h 26m 35s
6h 42m 14s
7h 03m 22s
7h 10m 20s

SOUTH AFRICAN LEGION TROPHY 

First Veteran Woman 
Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 18m 33s (89.179 km) 
Maria Bak (age 42) (Germany) – 2003 

Name, Age, Country, TimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Dominika Stelmach (age 40) Poland


6h 25m 09s
22380

PREMIER'S TROPHY 

First KZN Woman 
Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 45m 45s (89.208 km) 
Kerry Koen (age 36) – 2012 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Jenna Challenor (age 40)


6h 42m 14s
42380

MISCELLANEOUS TROPHIES 

Founder's Trophy 
Oldest Finisher 

Name, DOB, Age on Race Day, TimeFinish PositionTotal Finishers
Maros Mosehla
11 Jan 1942 - 80yrs 209d

11h 31m 27s
920511713

Mastern-Smith Memorial Trophy 
Youngest Finisher 

Name, DOB, Age on Race Day, TimeFinish PositionTotal Finishers
Benjamin Swamers
11 Mar 2002 - 20yrs 150d


11h 25m 24s
882411713

Geraldine Watson Trophy 
Last Runner to Finish 

Name and AgeTime
Kees van der Vliet (age 54)
and
Nela van Aswegen (64)
11h 59m 59s


 

2023 Down (96th Race - 48th Down Run) 

DateSunday, 11 June
WeatherSunny and mild all day.
Temperature – Min/ Max (Celsius):
PMB
DBN

 5/22
15/21
Start Venue/TimePietermaritzburg City Hall / 5:30
Finish VenueKingsmead Stadium
Time Limit12 Hours
Official Distance87.701 kms
Winner’s Average Speed:
Men:
Women:

16.76 km/hr (3m 35s /km)
15.26 km/hr (3m 56s /km)
Entries (Total)
Men:
Women:
21092
16378
4714
Starters (Total)
Men:
Women:
16132
12912
3220
Finishers – Total
Men:
Women:
14904
11948 (80.2%)
2956 (19.8%)
Medals – Gold20 (Men: 10, Women: 10)
Wally Hayward47 (Men)
Isavel Roche-Kelly40 (Women)
Silver796 (Men)
Bill Rowan2650  (Men 2379 : Women 271)
Robert Mtshali2992 (Men 2463 : Women 529)
Bronze4190 (Men 3211 : Women 979)
Vic Clapham4169 (Men 3042 : Women 1127)
% Finishers / Starters92.4% (Men 74.1% : Women 18.3%)

A chilly morning in the midlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal greeted the 16132 athletes from all Provinces of South Africa, as well as 83 countries around the world, as they assembled outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall. 

A welcome change from 2022 was the return of the finish of the race to the more traditional Kingsmead Cricket Stadium. The change meant a shortening of the race distance by a substantial 2.483 kilometres, thus setting up the inevitability of a wholesale assault, by both men and women – in most age categories and team contests – on the previous best times for the Down Run. 

THE MEN’S RACE 

The Start to Lynnfield Park 

With the pre-race traditions completed, the Mayor’s pistol sent the field off on the long haul to Durban. And what a send-off it was. The unknown runner who streaked to the front did so by covering the first 100 metres at a pace that would have seriously endangered Usain Bolt’s world record. How long that runner maintained his sensational speed is not known, but it indicated that a finishing time in the vicinity of 3h 30m was in the reckoning. 

However, sanity prevailed, as Ayanda Ngcobo took the field through the first checkpoint in a respectable 51m 43s. He was followed by the Lesotho pair of Lebello Mopenyane and Teboho Noosi, with former winners, Bongmusa Mthembu and Gift Kelehe, as well as multi-Gold Medallist, Charles Tjiane, well placed among the early leaders. 

Lead Group at Lynnfield Park (15.57 km) 

1stAyanda NgcoboSouth Africa51m 43s
2ndLebello MopenyaneLesotho51m 45s
3rdTeboho NoosiLesotho52m 26s
4thJo Fukuda
Nkosinathi Duma
Japan
South Africa
55m 29s
6thBongmusa Mthembu
Thulane Magagula
South Africa
South Africa
55m 30s
8thGift Kelehe
Mpho Mokoena
Onalenna Khonkhobe
Charles Tjiane
Thabiso Lethabane
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
55m 31s

Lynnfield Park to Cato Ridge 

The lead three maintained their positions over the relatively easy stretch to Cato Ridge. Aleksei Beresnev moved gradually into 4th place while Jo Fukuda from Japan dropped two positions to 6th. Mthembu was moving comfortably, retaining his place in the lead group. 

Lead Group at Cato Ridge (30.28km) 

1stAyanda NgcoboSouth Africa1h 46m 09s
2ndLebello MopenyaneLesotho1h 47m 56s
3rdTeboho NoosiLesotho1h 47m 57s
4thAleksei BeresnevRussia1h 51m 23s
5thNkosinathi DumaSouth Africa1h 51m 33s
6thJo Fukuda
Bongmusa Mthembu
Proud Chauke
Japan
South Africa
South Africa
1h 51m 34s
9thGordon Lesetedi
Msawenkosi Mthalane
Sifiso Nqumakhwe
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
1h 51m 35s

Cato Ridge to Drummond 

As the field swooped down Inchanga into the halfway stage at Drummond, Beresnev had passed Mopenyane and Noosi, slotting into 2nd place, 5 minutes adrift of Ngcobo. Fukuda was still making steady progress while former Gold Meadllist, Rufus Photo, joined the leaders as they embarked upon the early stages of the approach to Durban. 

Lead group at Drummond (44.27 km) 

1stAyanda NgcoboSouth Africa2h 36m 18s
2ndAleksei BeresnevRussia2h 41m 11s
3rdLebello Mopenyane
Teboho Noosi
Lesotho
Lesotho
2h 41m 13s
5thSifiso NqumakhweSouth Africa2h 41m 23s
6thJo FukudaJapan2h 41m 26s
7thMsawenkosi MthalaneSouth Africa2h 41m 36s
8thBonginkosi ZwaneSouth Africa2h 42m 13s
9thProud Chauke
Mpho Mokoena
Makwande Mngcwengi
Rufus Photo
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
2h 42m 18s

Drummond to Winston Park 

Over the hilly section to Alverston and through Hillcrest to Winston Park, the race was beginning to take shape. Ngcobo, after a valiant effort in his novice run, found the going beyond him and retired. 

Fukuda, meanwhile put in a storming effort to lead the race through the checkpoint. Beresnev held onto his 2nd position as Piet Wiersma, from the Netherlands, looked ominous as he moved into 3rd position. Gordon Lesetedi, Edward Mothibi, Joseph Manyedi and Tete Dijana went by in a compact group with Photo a few strides behind. 

Less than 3 minutes separated the first 10 runners at this stage. 

Lead group at Winston Park (57.61 km) 

1stJo FukudaJapan3h 29m 11s
2ndAleksei BeresnevRussia3h 31m 31s
3rdPiet WiersmaNetherlands3h 32m 04s
4thGordon Lesetedi
Onalenna Khonkhobe
Lebenya Nkoka
Edward Mothibi
Joseph Manyedi
Tete Dijana
South Africa
South Africa
Lesotho
South Africa
South Africa
South Africa
3h 32m 05s
10thRufus PhotoSouth Africa3h 32m 06s

Winston Park to Pinetown 

With 30 kilometres to the finish, on the long downhill run into Pinetown, the race began in earnest. Dijana, Mothibi and Wiersma made their intentions known. At the Crompton Street intersection, a mere 2 seconds separated the three leaders with Manyedi just 16 seconds off the pace. 

Teboho Sello and Gordon Lesetedi were making exciting progress. Fukuda was feeling the effects of his earlier surge and dropped down to 8th place while Photo remained in contention. 

Lead group at Pinetown (68.86 km) 

1stTete DjianaSouth Africa4h 07m 48s
2ndEdward MothibiSouth Africa4h 07m 49s
3rdPiet WiersmaNetherlands4h 07m 50s
4thJoseph ManyediSouth Africa4h 08m 04s
5thTeboho SelloSouth Africa4h 09m 04s
6thGordon LesetediSouth Africa4h 09m 13s
7thOnalenna KhonkhobeSouth Africa4h 09m 19s
8thJo FukudaJapan4h 10m 17s
9thRufus PhotoSouth Africa4h 10m 24s
10thJohannes MakgetleSouth Africa4h 11m 17s

Pinetown to Sherwood 

Dijana was flying as he approached Durban. He held a lead of just under a minute over Wiersma, who had overtaken Mothibi in the vicinity of 45th Cutting. Lesetedi, Sello and Photo were positioning themselves for a concerted assault on the Gold Medals. 

Beresnev and Kelehe returned to the top ten after dropping back earlier. 

Lead group at Sherwood (81.18 km) 

1stTete DjianaSouth Africa4h 50m 20s
2ndPiet WiersmaNetherlands4h 51m 06s
3rdEdward MothibiSouth Africa4h 52m 13s
4thGordon LesetediSouth Africa4h 55m 25s
5thTeboho SelloSouth Africa4h 56m 38s
6thRufus PhotoSouth Africa4h 56m 48s
7thJohannes MakgetleSouth Africa4h 57m 05s
8thAleksei BeresnevRussia4h 59m 13s
9thGift KeleheSouth Africa4h 59m 43s
10thJoseph ManyediSouth Africa5h 00m 13s

Sherwood to the Finish 

On the run-in, there was no stopping Djiana, although Wiersma must have been a late concern to Djiana who crossed the finish line with a victory margin of a mere 10 metres; for the 3rd closest victory in the Race’s history. 

Djiana broke the existing best time for the Down Run by 4m 22s. However, in view of the substantially shorter distance than that run by David Gatebe (89.208 kms) in 2016, Gatebe’s average speed of 16.816 kms/ hr is superior to that of Djiana (16.76 kms/ hr). 

Mothibi, Lesetedi and Photo completed the top five places. South African runners filled 8 of the 10 Gold Medal positions. Runners from the Netherlands and Russia taking the remaining two. 

RESULT 

Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 18m 19s (89.208 km) 
David Gatebe (age 34) – 2016 (Race Distance 89.208 km) 

1stTete Djiana (age 35)South Africa5h 13m 58s
New Best Time Down
2ndPiet Wiersma (25)Netherlands5h 14m 01s
3rdEdward Mothibi (38)South Africa5h 17m 34s
4thGordon Lesetedi (37)South Africa5h 20m 43s
5thRufus Photo (43)South Africa5h 21m 48s
6thJohannes Makgetla (41)South Africa5h 23m 34s
7thTeboho Sello (45)South Africa5h 24m 23s
8thAleksei Beresnev (31)Russia5h 24m 41s
9thGift Kelehe (41)South Africa5h 27m 53s
10thJoseph Manyedi (40)South Africa5h 29m 49s

Number of finishers in Age Category – 3592 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 11948 
* First Sub-5h 15m (Down) 

VETERANS (AGE 40-49) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 27m 22s (89.600 km) 
Vladimir Kotov (age 43) (Berlarus) – 2001 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Mens Race
1stRufus Photo (age 43)South Africa5h 21m 48s
New Best Time Down
5
2ndJohannes Makgetla (41)South Africa5h 23m 34s6
3rdTeboho Sello (45)South Africa5h 24m 23s7

Number of finishers in Age Category – 5292 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 11948 
 

MASTERS (AGE 50-59) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 48m 12s (89.208 km) 
Vladimir Kotov (age 54) (Belarus) – 2012 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Mens Race
1stWayne Spies (age 50)Australia5h 42m 01s
New Best Time Down
26
2ndOleg Kharitinov (55)Russia6h 15m 52s101
3rdJubulani Mabaso (50)South Africa6h 18m 32s110

Number of finishers in Age Category – 2505 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 11948 
 

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60+) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 52m 08s (89.208 km) 
Peter Camenzind (age 60) (Switzerland) – 2012 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Mens Race
1stNdabezinhle Ndlovo (age 64)South Africa7h 11m 29s485
2ndJabulani Gamede (61)South Africa7h 13m 16s518
3rdThopane Mokolo (60)South Africa7h 27m 23s831

Number of finishers in Age Category – 559 
Number of finishers in Mens Race – 11948 
 

FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN MAN 

Name and AgeTimeFinish Position Mens RaceTotal Finishers Mens Race
Tete Djiana (age 35)5h 13m 58s
New Best Time Down
111948

FIRST FOREIGN MAN (NO TROPHY)

Name, Age, CountryTimeFinish Position Mens RaceTotal Finishers Mens Race
Piet Wiersma (25) – Netherlands5h 14m 01s211948

GUNGA DIN TROPHY 

First Men's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 22h 19m 29s (89.179 km) 
Liberty Nike Athletic Club – 2003 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Nedbank Running Club KZN
Siyabonga Mafuleka (age 29)
Malusi Dlomo (37)
Bafana Gumede (39)
Mzwenkosi Mjaja (33)

21
22
23
60
23h 01m 06s
5h 39m 55s
5h 40m 29s
5h 40m 36s
6h 00m 06s

ARTHUR NEWTON MEMORIAL TROPHY 

Second Men's Team 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Hollywood Bets AC KZN
Sikhumbuzo Seme (age 38)
Perfect Dlamini (37)
Menzi Ndaba (33)
Mthokozisi Cele (37)

11
101
125
125
24h 41m 09s
5h 30m 05s
6h 17m 34s
6h 26m 45s
6h 26m 45s

VIC CLAPHAM MEMORIAL TROPHY 

First Veteran Men's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 25h 27m 48s (88.771 km) 
Rand Athletic Club – 1986 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Stella AC

Nkosinathi Ngcongo (age 46)
Gcina Msibi (42)
Mlungisi Ntenga (45)
Alasdair Leslie (48)



65
89
103
179
25h 05m 08s
New Best Time Down

6h 00m 55s
6h 10m 21s
6h 16m 22s
6h 37m 30s

MEN'S ELITE TEAM TROPHY 

First Elite Men's Trophy 
Current Team Best Time (Down) 23h 18m 15s (90.184 km) 
Entsika A C CG – 2018 

 Finish Position Men's RaceTime
Nedbank Running Club


Tete Djiana (age 35)
Edward Mothibi (38)
Johannes Makgetla (41)
Joseph Manyedi (40)



1
3
6
10
21h 24m 55s
New Best Time Down

5h 13m 58s
5h 17m 34s
5h 23m 34s
5h 29m 49s

HARDY BALLINGTON TROPHY 

First Novice - Man 
Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 26m 29s (89.600 km) 
Leonid Shvetsov (age 32) (Russia) – 2001 

Name, Age, Time, CountryFinish Position Men's RaceTotal Finishers Men's Race
Piet Wiersma (age 25) (Netherlands)5h 14m 01s - #2
New Best Time Down
11948

SOUTH AFRICAN LEGION TROPHY 

First Veteran Man 
Current Best Time (Down) : 5h 27m 22s (89.600 km) 
Vladimir Kotov (age 43) (Belarus) – 2001 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Men's RaceTotal Finishers Men's Race
Rufus Photo (age 43)


5h 21m 47s
511948

PREMIER'S TROPHY 

First KZN Man 
Current Best Time (Down) :5h 26m 39s (89.208 km) 
Bongmusa Mthembu (age 32) – 2016 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Men's RaceTotal Finishers Men's Race
Sikhumbuzo Seme (age 38)


5h 30m 05s
1111948

WOMEN'S RACE 

The great news was that Gerda Steyn was back in the race after an absence in 2022. In view of her stunning performance in 2019, to become the first woman to go under 6 hours on the Up Run, the question on the lips of the cognoscenti was “is it possible that she could beat Frith van der Merwe’s unbeatable Down time of 5h 54m 43s set in 1989?’’ 

Was history book about to be rewritten? 

Maybe so, but tough, tested performers like Dominika Stelmach (Poland), Alexandra Morozova (Russia), Catriona Jennings (Ireland ) and South Africa’s, Adele Broodryk were unlikely to lie down and die without a struggle. 

An uncompromising street fight was expected. It didn’t disappoint. 

The Start to Lynnfield Park 

Evidence of the anticipated battle materialized from the moment the field moved away from the Pietermaritzburg City Hall with the big names positioning themselves in close order. So close, in fact, that eight of the final Gold Medallists went through the checkpoint in the first ten positions. 

Carla Molinaro led the pack just 13 seconds ahead of Steyn with Loveness Madziva (Zimbabwe) a further half-minute behind. Four minutes separated the leading 10 runners at this early stage. 

Lead Group at Lynnfield (15.57 km) 

1stCarla MolinaroSouth Africa1h 00m 05s
2ndGerda SteynSouth Africa1h 00m 18s
3rdLoveness MadzivaZimbabwe1h 00m 48s
4thAdele BroodrykSouth Africa1h 01m 50s
5thCamille ChaigneauFrance1h 02m 51s
6thNoora HonkalaFinland1h 02m 56s
7thDominika StelmachPoland1h 02m 57s
8thPetra PastorovaCzechia1h 02m 58s
9thAlexandra MorozovaRussia1h 03m 41s
10thCatriona JenningsIreland1h 04m 03s

Lynnfield Park to Cato Ridge 

Steyn hit the front shortly after Lynnfield Park and from that moment, the race, for first place, was over. Running further and further ahead with every stride, she went through Cato Ridge a minute in front of Molinaro, with many of the top runners following in close order. 

With so many proven performers strategically placed, an intriguing battle for Gold was manifesting itself behind the flying leader. 

Lead group at Cato Ridge (30.28 km) 

1stGerda SteynSouth Africa1h 59m 37s
2ndCarla MolinaroSouth Africa2h 00m 41s
3rdAdele BroodrykSouth Africa2h 03m 56s
4thLoveness MadzivaZimbabwe2h 04m 30s
5thDominika StelmachPoland2h 06m 18s
6thCamille ChaigneauFrance2h 06m 20s
7thNoora HonkalaFinland2h 06m 49s
8thAlexandra MorozovaRussia2h 08m 11s
9thCatriona JenningsIreland2h 08m 31s
10thPetra PastorovaCzechia2h 08m 39s

Cato Ridge to Drummond 

Nine of the ten Gold Medallists filled the first 10 positions at the midpoint in Drummond. Only Madziva, in 6th place, was dropping down the order. She would retire soon after Drummond. 

Steyn increased her lead to almost 2 minutes over Molinaro with Broodryk, Stelmach and Camille Chaigneau (France) following in 3rd, 4th and 5th places. The rest of the lead group were holding their positions with minor time gaps changing as the race progressed. 

Lead group at Drummond (44.27 km) 

1stGerda SteynSouth Africa2h 54m 54s
2ndCarla MolinaroSouth Africa2h 56m 41s
3rdAdele BroodrykSouth Africa3h 00m 02s
4thDominika StelmachPoland3h 03m 12s
5thCamille ChaigneauFrance3h 05m 53s
6thLoveness MadzivaZimbabwe3h 06m 03s
7thNoora HonkalaFinland3h 06m 28s
8thAlexandra MorozovaRussia3h 06m 45s
9thCatriona JenningsIreland3h 07m 02s
10thPetra PastorovaCzechia3h 09m 38s

Drummond to Winston Park 

Over the hilly section to Winston Park, Steyn hit the back burners and left the field gasping for air, increasing her lead to 5 minutes. 

Morozova and Jennings, separated by 17 seconds, were flowing easily, passing Chaigneau who was slipping down the order. Ann Ashworth entered the lead group but her sojourn was brief; dropping back shortly thereafter. 

Lead Group at Winston Park (57.61 km) 

1stGerda SteynSouth Africa3h 49m 02s
2ndCarla MolinaroSouth Africa3h 54m 05s
3rdAdele BroodrykSouth Africa3h 56m 13s
4thDominika StelmachPoland3h 59m 55s
5thAlexandra MorozovaRussia4h 05m 26s
6thCatriona JenningsIreland4h 05m 53s
7thCamille ChaigneauFrance4h 06m 31s
8thNoora HonkalaFinland4h 07m 47s
9thPetra PastorovaCzechia4h 12m 00s
10thAnn AshworthSouth Africa4h 14m 11s

Winston Park to Pinetown 

There was just no stopping Steyn. Broodryk passed Molinaro on the descent of Field’s , but she trailed the flying leader by 8 minutes at the Crompton Street checkpoint. Stelmack held her 4th position while places were being juggled behind her. Jenet Mbhele was making steady progress, moving into 10th position. 

Lead Group at Pinetown (68.86 km) 

1stGerda SteynSouth Africa4h 31m 17s
2ndAdele BroodrykSouth Africa4h 39m 43s
3rdCarla MolinaroSouth Africa4h 39m 51s
4thDominika StelmachPoland4h 44m 54s
5thCatriona JenningsIreland4h 50m 02s
6thAlexandra MorozovaRussia4h 51m 21s
7thCamille ChaigneauFrance4h 56m 49s
8thNoora HonkalaFinland4h 57m 53s
9thPetra PastorovaCzechia4h 59m 38s
10thJenet MbheleSouth Africa5h 03m 47s

Pinetown to Sherwood 

Down the big drop of Field’s Hill, the only changes in the order occurred when Chaigneau dropped from 7th place to 9th. Petra Pastorova (Czechia) and Noora Honkala (Finland) swopped positions and Jenet Mbhele entered the top 10. 

Steyn increased her lead to over 10 minutes while Broodryk stretched the distance over Molinaro to 2½ minutes.

The 10 Gold Medallists were now in absolute finishing order. 

Lead Group at Sherwood (81.18 km) 

1stGerda SteynSouth Africa5h 19m 10s
2ndAdele BroodrykSouth Africa5h 29m 38s
3rdCarla MolinaroSouth Africa5h 32m 59s
4thDominika StelmachPoland5h 38m 18s
5thCatriona JenningsIreland5h 42m 23s
6thAlexandra MorozovaRussia5h 44m 34s
7thPetra PastorovaCzechia5h 53m 09s
8thNoora HonkalaFinland5h 55m 37s
9thCamille ChaigneauFrance5h 56m 18s
10thJenet MbheleSouth Africa5h 58m 50s

Sherwood to the Finish 

With Steyn in overdrive, the stadium announcer was enraptured at the possibility of Frith van der Merwe’s 34-year-old record being annihilated. As she approached Kingsmead, it was clear that a huge chunk was about to be removed from the existing best time. 

And so it proved to be. Chariots of Fire greeted the new queen of the Comrades as she completed the final circuit, lopping a massive 10 minutes off the previous best time. 

Broodryk and Molinaro completed the top three places for host nation with Mbhele taking the 10th Gold. The remaining 6 Golds were spread around the world. 

Not only did Steyn establish a new best time, her average speed for the distance (15.26 km/hr) also exceeded that of Frith van der Merwe (15.156 km/hr). 

RESULT 

Best Time (Down) : 5h 54m 43s (89.600 km) 
Frith van der Merwe (age 25) – 1989 (Race Distance 89.600 km) 

1stGerda Steyn (age 33) *South Africa5h 44m 54s
New Best Time Down
2ndAdele Broodryk (32)South Africa5h 56m 26s
3rdCarla Molinaro (38)South Africa6h 00m 23s
4thDominika Stelmach (41)Poland6h 06m 02s
5thCatriona Jennings (42)Ireland6h 10m 27s
6thAlexandra Morozova (33)Russia6h 14m 33s
7thPetra Pastorova (46)Czechia6h 22m 34s
8thNoora Honkala (30)Finland6h 25m 00s
9thCamille Chaigneau (35)France6h 26m 58s
10thJenet Mbhele (28)South Africa6h 27m 14s

Number of finishers in Age Category – 1010 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2956 
* First Sub-5h 45m (Down) 

VETERANS (AGE 40-49) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 18m 33s (89.179 km) 
Maria Bak (age 44) (Germany) – 2003 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Women's Race
1stDominika Stelmach (41)Poland6h 06m 02s
New Best Time Down
4
2ndCatriona Jennings (42)Ireland6h 10m 27s5
3rdPetra Pastorova (46)Czechia6h 22m 34s7

Number of finishers in Age Category – 1351 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2956 
 

MASTERS (AGE 50-59) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 50m 21s (89.208 km) 
Colleen De Reuck (age 52) – 2016 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Women's Race
1stKaren Sobrino (age 50)South Africa7h 23m 29s730
2ndMaria Souto Ferreira (51)Brazil7h 45m 23s1104
3rdRan Liu (57)USA7h 58m 07s1347

Number of finishers in Age Category – 517 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2956 
 

GRANDMASTERS (AGE 60+) 

Current Best Time (Down) : 8h 12m 36s (90.184 km) 
Elizabeth Waywell (age 60) – 2018 

PositionName and AgeCountryTimeFinish Position Women's Race
1stMalie van der Walt (age 60)South Africa8h 42m 38s2537
2ndIrene Wisdom (63)South Africa8h 52m 08s3101
3rdRita van Wyk (60)South Africa8h 59m 22s3527

Number of finishers in Age Category – 78 
Number of finishers in Womens Race – 2956 
 

FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN WOMAN 

Name and AgeTimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Gerda Steyn (age 33)5h 44m 54s
New Best Time Down
12956

FIRST FOREIGN WOMAN (NO TROPHY) 

Name, Age, CountryTimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Dominika Stelmach (age 41) - Poland6h 06m 02s22956

COMRADES MARATHON ASSOCIATION SHIELD

First Women's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 27h 50m 03s (89.208 km) 
Born 2 Run Athletic Club – 2016 

 Finish Position Women's RaceTime
Ubora AC
Lene Swart (age 39)
Renata Vosloo (39)
Gina Pocock (39)
Nancy Barber (38)

388
402
493
1402
29h 19m 02s
7h 02m 52s
7h 04m 21s
7h 11m 52s
7h 59m 57s

75th ANNIVERSARY SHIELD 

First Veteran Women's Team 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 31h 37m 53s (89.600 km) 
Durbanville Athletic Club – 2001 

 Finish Position Women's RaceTime
Easy Equities Born 2 Run GN
Mitsie van der Westhuizen (48)
Merle Rautenbach (42)
Yvette Human (40)
Cinette van der Ende (44)


43
46
169
196
32h 01m 53s

7h 20m 22s
7h 24m 25s
8h 35m 25s
8h 41m 41s

NO TROPHY

First Elite Women's Trophy 
Current Team Best Time (Down) : 28h 08m 41s (90.184 km) 
Massmart Athletics Club – 2018 

 Finish Position Women's RaceTime
Nedbank Running Club

Adele Broodryk (age 32)
Galaletsang Mekgoe (27)
Deanne Laubscher (34)
Fikile Mbuthuma (42)



2
11
13
19
25h 55m 00s
New Best Time Down

5h 56m 26s
6h 31m 19s
6h 36m 56s
6h 50m 19s

SOUTH AFRICAN LEGION TROPHY 

First Veteran Woman 
Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 18m 33s (89.179 km) 
Maria Bak (age 42) (Germany) – 2003 

Name, Age, Country, TimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Dominika Stelmach (age 41) Poland


6h 06m 01s
42956

PREMIER'S TROPHY 

First KZN Woman 
Current Best Time (Down) : 6h 45m 45s (89.208 km) 
Kerry Koen (age 36) – 2012 

Name, Age, TimeFinish Position Women's RaceTotal Finishers Women's Race
Jenet Mbhele (age 28)

6h 27m 14s
102956

MISCELLANEOUS TROPHIES 

Founder's Trophy 
Oldest Finisher 

Name, DOB, Age on Race Day, TimeFinish PositionTotal Finishers
Maros Mosehla
11 Jan 1942 - 81yrs 151d

9h 26m 10s
431014904

Mastern-Smith Memorial Trophy 
Youngest Finisher 

Name, DOB, Age on Race Day, TimeFinish PositionTotal Finishers
Werner Oosthuizen
13 Apr 2003 - 20y 60d


8h 45m 40s
269314904

Geraldine Watson Trophy 
Last Runner to Finish 

Name and AgeTime
Tebollo Skasa (age 38)11h 58m 59s

 

 

 

 

 

Share on

Comments

No comments yet.
Click here to contact us on WhatsApp