14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 1966-1969

RACE RESULTS

1966 Up (41st Race)
 Date Tuesday, 31 May
 eather Cool at start. Chilly wind in vicinity of Botha’s Hill. Sunny and warm after Inchanga.

 Temperature – Min/ Max:

 
 PMB 7/28
 DBN 13/24
 Start Venue/Time Durban City Hall / 6:00
 Finish Venue Collegians’ Club Oval
 Time Limit 11 Hours
 Approx. Distance 54 M
 Entries 404
 Starters 365
 Finishers – Total 261
 Men 261
 Medals – Gold 6
 Silver 255
 % Finishers / Starters 71.5


THE MENS RACE

With Jackie Mekler in retirement, it appeared to be the most open Comrades for many years. That did not detract from the pre-race excitement. There were a number of top performers capable of annexing Mekler’s crown. Manie Kuhn, based on recent performances, appeared to have more supporters than the others.

First across the Durban boundary, at Suzor’s Bend, was Fritz Madel with a short lead over Kuhn and Phil Hargreaves. Kicking at their heels was a big group with the major contenders, as well as a few unknown factors, all running together; Tommy Malone, Eric Rencken, Frikkie Steyn, Arnold Harborth, Dave Box, Ted Craig and Gerald Walsh who was making a return after 6 years away from the race.

Madel, Kuhn and Hargreaves arrived together at Westville in 59 minutes. Rencken was 4th with Malone and Steyn running together in joint 5th position. Passing through Pinetown in 1h 25m 40s the lead quartet comprised Hargreaves, Kuhn, Craig and Madel. Two hundred yards behind the leaders was another group of top performers; Rencken, Box, Steyn and Malone (1h 26m 22s).

The climb up Field’s Hill saw Madel and Craig fall back, while Rencken joined Kuhn and Hargreaves at the crest, which they reached in 1h 46m. With such a tightly compressed field, positions change rapidly and the position, as the field swept through Hillcrest, was Kuhn (2h 21m 59s), Malone (2h 22m 49s), Box (2h 22m 50s), Hargreaves (2h 22m 51s) and Madel and Craig (2h 23m 1s).

On the stretch to the halfway point, more major changes continued as a chilly wind swept across the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Kuhn ran into Drummond, clocking 3h 8m 54s, with Steyn (3h 10m 10s), Hargreaves (3h 10m 40s), Box (3h 10m 41s), Malone (3h 10m 42s) and Madel (3h 11m 57s).  

Kuhn and Steyn found the going tough up Inchanga, while Malone climbed it with ease. He overhauled Steyn along Harrison Flats and gradually closed the gap on the tiring Kuhn. Setting out after the fading race leader, Malone finally went to the front as he ran into Camperdown. Reaching Umlaas Road in 4h 51m, he was followed by Kuhn (4h 55m 30s), Steyn (5h 1m) and Madel (5h 5m).

With the heavy climbing behind him, with the exception of Polly Shortt’s, Malone demonstrated an unstoppable finishing kick. He powered his way up the massive hill and ran untroubled into the finish at the Collegians’ Club Oval, crossing the line in 6h 14m 7s. Such was his dominance over the final 12 miles, it was another 17 minutes before Kuhn, who hung on gamely, arrived, with Madel appearing a further 2 minutes adrift.

RESULT

1st Tommy Malone South Africa

6h 14m 07s

2nd Manie Kuhn South Africa 6h 31m 46s
3rd Fritz Madel South Africa 6h 33m 45s
4th Charlie Chase South Africa 6h 36m 05s
5th Phil Hargreaves South Africa 6h 40m 55s
6th Frikkie Steyn South Africa 6h 44m 28s
7th Dave Box South Africa 6h 45m 12s
8th Dennis Gent South Africa 6h 48m 08s
9th Eddie Pritchard South Africa 6h 57m 09s
10th Roland Davey South Africa 6h 57m 25s

VETERANS (AGE 40 – 49)

1st Eddie Pritchard 47) South Africa 6h 57m 09s
2nd Eddie Gore (47) South Africa 7h 18m 10s
3rd Vorster (40) South Africa 7h 39m 15s

MASTERS (AGE 50 - 59)

1st Liege Boulle (57) South Africa

8h 44m 20s

2nd Archie Grant (52) South Africa 9h 34m 57s
3rd Mickey Doo (57) South Africa 9h 40m 04s
1967 Down (42nd Race)
1968 Up (43rd Race)
1969 Down (44th 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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