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South Africa’s Comrades Marathon

The latest edition of the world's greatest ultra-marathon takes place on Sunday. Catch up on the history - along with some fascinating facts and anecdotes - of a race that's internationally recognised for the body-sapping challenge it poses and the camaraderie it fosters among its thousands of participants.
Comrades: 8 500 'early bird' entries

South Africans bring home Comrades gold

South African athletes won both the men's and the women's races in the 90th Comrades Marathon. Caroline Wostmann was the first female South African over the line in nearly two decades, crossing the line just 35 minutes after Rustenburg policeman Gift Kelehe won his first Comrades.

Comrades legends speak about their memorable races

Apartheid pervaded every facet of life in South Africa, and sport was no different. Black sportsmen and women were unable to compete on an equal footing, and the sports boycott made the country a pariah state. But marathons offered an open road to all.

Black WWI soldier reburied alongside white comrades

Black WWI soldier reburied alongside white comrades

Private Myengwa Beleza, a South African who died on the battlefields of France almost a century ago, on Sunday became the first black soldier to be buried alongside 600 of his white compatriots at a South African World War I memorial in northern France.
Entries pour in for Comrades Marathon

Durban hosts AIMS Congress ahead of Comrades

The Comrades Marathon Association will be hosting about 200 delegates from around the world at the 20th World Congress of AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) in Durban this week.

Running is in her blood

Zola Budd-Pieterse is no longer the naïve young darling of South African athletics, but the 46-year-old still has what it takes. She finished her first Two Oceans in April and successfully took on the Comrades Marathon on 3 June, with the help of Comrades legend Bruce Fordyce.
Running into the history books

2011 Comrades draws big names

The 2011 Comrades Marathon, which took place on 29 May, was the most competitive edition yet. For the first time in the history of the race, top Ethiopian runners entered, posing a great threat to defending champions. The race also saw an increase in entrants from the UK, US, Australia and Brazil.
South Africa's toughest endurance challenges

Zimbabwean's second Comrades win

Zimbabwean’s second Comrades win

Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi won the Comrades Marathon for the second time running as a huge field contested the 85th edition of South Africa's famous ultra-marathon on Sunday. Victory in the women's race went to Elena Nurgalieva for a fifth time.
South Africa's Comrades Marathon

Zimbabwe’s first Comrades win

Zimbabwe's Stephen Muzhingi derailed Leonid Shvetsov's attempt at a third Comrades Marathon win in succession on Sunday, while the Nurgalieva twins continued their domination of the women's race as Olesya succeeded her sister Elena as champion.
Shvetsov in record Comrades run

Shvetsov in record Comrades run

The 2008 Comrades Marathon produced some significant milestones, including a new men's "up run" record by Russia's Leonid Shvetsov, and an astounding new record for the most Comrades completed - by a man who first ran the race in 1961.


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