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Comrades Marathon

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.

Black Sash making its mark for 60 years

For more than half-a-century, the Black Sash has been helping people in tangible concrete ways realise their human rights. Formed in response to the discrimination practised by the apartheid government, today it still works to assist the downtrodden.

Run a marathon for Madiba

Starting at Manaye Hall in Imbali – where he gave his last speech as a free man – and ending at the Capture Site, where the Black Pimpernel was finally caught, the Mandela Day Marathon is symbolic of the triumph of the human spirit. There are also shorter distances, a trail run and mountain bike rides.

Amashova named UCI World Cycling Tour qualifier

Amashova named UCI World Cycling Tour qualifier

The Tsogo Sun Amashova Durban Classic road cycle race, which takes place between Pietermaritzburg to Durban, was on Thursday named the new South African qualifying event for the 2015 UCI World Cycling Tour (UWCT).

Czech, Danish victories at MTB World Champs

The Czech Republic's Jaroslav Kulhavy and Denmark's Annika Langvad won gold on the weekend at the UCI MTB Marathon World Championships in Pietermaritzburg - the latest in a long list of major cycling events hosted by Africa's "Bike City".

Freedom Challenge tests athletes’ limits

While most people are tucked up warmly indoors during winter, a group of dedicated extreme athletes is out riding the Freedom Challenge. The mountain bike race takes riders more than 2 000 kilometres across some of South Africa's harshest but most beautiful scenery.

Canoeing development making a mark

The Natal Canoe Club, home of the world-famous Dusi Canoe Marathon, is making encouraging inroads with its development programme, which is making a big difference in the lives of children from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Midmar Mile’s 89-year-old finisher

Lorna Cochran, 89, was the last person out of the water at this year’s Midmar Mile, but it doesn’t matter because she’s a winner anyway, as the oldest-ever finisher of the race.
Swimmer’s memoir up for award

Awesome BMX action in Pietermaritzburg

Awesome BMX action in Pietermaritzburg

American Corben Sharrah rose to the occasion to win the grand final of the UCI BMX Supercross in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, while young French rider Manon Valentino confirmed her status as the hottest property in female BMX racing by completing a rare double in the women's division.


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