Some 21 273 people competed in the 96th Comrades Marathon on Sunday. In the end, two South Africans were victorious: Ann Ashworth in the women’s race (with a time of 6:10:04) and Bongamusa Mthembu in the men’s race with a time of 05:35:14.
“The Comrades Marathon is a tricky race, you have to be strong in your mind. I went through a lot this season but with the grace of God I was able to run today, so I’m quite happy and excited. But this is a very emotional era,” Mthembu told EWN after the race.
Amongst the more than 21 000 faces, were a few famous ones.
Journalist and award-winning author Redi Tlhabi ran her sixth Comrades, which she described as one of her hardest yet. She registered her second-slowest time of 11 hours and 19 minutes.
Kwaito legend Kabelo Mabalane took part in his 10th Comrades Marathon, coming in in eight hours and 10 minutes.
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Businessman Romeo Kumalo ran a personal best time of eight hours and 53 minutes, just 43 minutes behind Mabalane.
Thulasizwe Simelane, a senior political journalist at eNCA, completed this year’s Comrades in 11 hours and 46 minutes.
See the emotional social media posts on their experiences:
— Comrades Marathon (@ComradesRace) June 10, 2018