14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 1946-1949

RACE RESULTS

1946 Up (21st Race)
 Date Friday, 24 May
 Weather Chilly at the start, warming to mild with a hot headwind in the vicinity of Umlaas Road.
 Start Venue/Time Durban City Hall / 6:00
 Finish Venue Alexandra Park Athletic and Cycle Track (The Duck Pond)
 Time Limit 11 Hours
 Approx. Distance 54 M
 Entries 22
 Starters 8
 Finishers – Total 8
 Men 6
 Medals – Gold 6
 Silver 2
  Finishers / Starters 36.4


THE MENS RACE

When the guns finally fell silent in 1945, two former winners had made the supreme sacrifice. Phil Masterton-Smith fell in the Western Desert in 1941 and Frank Sutton drowned when his troopship was torpedoed off the coast, near Durban, in 1944.

Two previous winners, however, entered. A clash of giants was expected with Hardy Ballington and Bill Savage set to tee-off for another Titanic struggle. However, it was not to be. Ballington injured an ankle a week before race day when he was forced off the road by a car while out training. Among the entrants were a number off pre-war stalwarts. Dymock Parr (2nd in 1940), Keith Dubber, Bill Rufus and Liege Boulle all decided to give the race another try.

Rufus led the field up Berea Road with Cochrane and Parr not too far behind. He was clocked at Westville in 52m 50s, exactly 5 minutes ahead of Parr. Cochrane was another minute back. Over the hilly section to Pinetown, Rufus increased his lead, going through in 1h 31m 33s. Parr and Cochrane, running together, arrived in 1h 38m 50s, with Boulle clocking 1h 44m. Although Field’s Hill slowed Rufus slightly, he was still in the lead at Gillitts in 2h 14m 20s. Cochrane (2h 19m 52s) had gone ahead of Parr (2h 21m 10s) into 3rd position.

On the testing stretch between Hillcrest and Drummond, Rufus began to feel the effects of his early efforts and was overtaken by Cochrane as they ran into the halfway point, where the position was Cochane (3h 30m 28s), Rufus (3h 30m 35s) and Parr (3h 33m 44s). When both Rufus and Parr stopped for a massage at Drummond, Cochrane ran into a substantial lead as he climbed the tough Inchanga bank with comparative ease.

Cochrane reached Cato Ridge in 4h 40m. Parr was next in 5h 8m. Rufus was tiring and had dropped back into 4th position. Cochrane struck a bad patch after Cato Ridge and struggled as he strode towards Umlaas Road, allowing Parr to gain a few minutes. Nevertheless, he recovered and pulled away again over the hills to the top of Polly Shortt’s where he was a sure winner. A huge ovation greeted him as he entered Alexandra Park, crossing the line in 7h 2m 40s.

For Parr, it as a replay of 1940. He once again finished 2nd, a long way behind the winner. In 1940, it was 1h 50m. On this occasion, it was 58m. Rufus recovered on the run in from Umlaas Road to finish 3rd.

RESULT

1st Bill Cochrane South Africa

7h 02m 40s

2nd Dymock Parr South Africa 8h 00m 27s
3rd Bill Rufus South Africa 8h 27m 06s
4th P.L. Christie South Africa 8h 54m 35s
5th Reg Allison South Africa 8h 55m 33s
6th Morris Alexander South Africa 9h 01m 30s
7th Liege Boulle South Africa 10h 04m 04s
8th Edgar Marie South Africa 10h 59m 58s
1947 Down (22nd Race)
1948 Up (23rd Race)
1949 Down (24th 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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