14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 1926-1929

RACE RESULTS

1926-1929
 Date  Monday, 24 May
 Weather  Cold at start, warming to oppressively hot late morning to early afternoon.
 Start Venue/Time  Durban City Hall / 6:00
 Finish Venue  Alexandra Park Athletic and Cycle Track (The Duck Pond)
 Time Limit  12 Hours
 Approx. Distance  54 M
 Entries  Unknown
 Starters  24
 Finishers – Total  14
 Men  14
 Silver  14
 % Finishers / Starters
 58.3


THE MENS RACE

Prospects for the race were somewhat gloomy. The entry list shrunk to the smallest yet.

Within the last 12 months, Arthur Newton had left South Africa and settled in Rhodesia. His entry, however, arrived at the last minute. Harry Phillips was reputedly in top condition, but Newton remained the firm favourite.

As was his custom, Phillips went straight into the lead, which he steadily increased across the hills through Pinetown and Hillcrest, reaching Drummond in 3h 14m. Newton had worked his way into second position at this stage, passing through in 3h 24m 30s. The three Sutton brothers were all showing prominently with Ronnie lying third in 3h 41m 30s.

Newton was still the crowd’s favourite, despite being 10 minutes in arrears at halfway. Over Inchanga, across Harrison and towards Cato Ridge, Phillips hung on tenaciously, while Newton started making a slight dent in Phillips’ lead. But it was too late. Phillips, smiling to the spectators as he strode along the road adjacent to Umsunduzi River, crossed the finish line marginally less than 5 minutes before Newton. Ronnie Sutton held on to third place but it was another 67 minutes before he appeared. After realising his ambition of winning, Phillips announced his retirement. He never ran the Comrades Marathon again.

RESULT

1st Harry Phillips * South Africa

6h 57m 46s

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2nd Arthur Newton Rhodesia 7h 02m 00s
3rd Ronnie Sutton South Africa 8h 09m 00s
4th Felix Henriksen South Africa 8h 13m 05s
5th Winston Sutton South Africa 8h 17m 00s
6th R.N. Wratten South Africa 8h 24m 30s
7th H.S. Sowden South Africa 9h 08m 20s
8th T.L. Warwick South Africa 9h 52m 00s
9th Frank Munnery South Africa 10h 07m 30s
10th W.G. Coulson South Africa 10h 25m 08s


* Harry Phillips had represented South Africa in the Marathon at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris where he finished in 19th position in 3h 07m 13s.

1927 Down (7th Race)
1928 Up (8th Race)
1929 Down (9th Race)

1921 BILL ROWAN

1923 ARTHUR NEWTON

1930 WALLY HAYWARD

1931 PHIL MASTERSTON-SMITH

1933 HARDY BALLINGTON

1933 MAX TRIM-BOURNEN

1952 TREVOR ALLEN

19353 WALLY HAYWARD

19358 JACKIE MECKLER

1975 ELIZABETH CAVANAUGH

1975 VINCENT RAKABAELE

1979 ALAN ROBB

1983 BRUCE FORDYCE

1984 LINDSAY WEIGHT

1989 FRITH VAN DER MERWE

1989 SAMUEL TSHABALALA

2013 ELENA NURGALIVEA

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