14 JUNE 2020

90KM DOWN RUN

History 1970-1975

RACE RESULTS

1970 Up (45th Race)
 Date Saturday, 30 May
 Weather Overcast at start. Cool to mild all day.

 Temperature – Min/ Max:

 
 PMB 5/19
 DBN 16/20
 Start Venue/Time Durban City Hall / 6:00
 Finish Venue Collegians’ Club Oval
 Time Limit 11 Hours
 Official Distance 87.548 kms

 Winner’s Average Speed:

 4.940 km/hr (4m 1s /km)

 Entries 865
 Starters 759
 Finishers – Total 640
 Men 640
 Medals – Gold 6
 Silver 634
 % Finishers / Starters 84.3


THE MENS RACE

The 3 Bs were back… and that promised an exciting race.

Bagshaw, Box and Baker.

Add to that, former winners, George Claassen (1961) and Manie Kuhn (1967), as well as the ever consistent Eric Rencken. Others to take note of were Bill Brown and Dave Levick. The clever money, though, was on Bagshaw.

Gordon Baker and Dave Bagshaw set off along West Street at a blistering pace. Their intentions were clear; the Up Record. At 45th Cutting, Bagshaw and Baker had pulled well away from the rest, and by Westville they held a 29-second lead over Rencken, Dave Box and Brown.

Bagshaw was dictating the race with a suicidal pace. Baker stuck with him valiantly. They reached the checkpoint at the top of Field’s Hill in 1h 33m, with Rencken next in 1h 36m. At Botha’s Hill, the two flying leaders clocked 2h 57m. Rencken was still in 3rd place but he had fallen 7 minutes behind.

The pair were hardly past Drummond when Bagshaw surged again and went ahead as Baker failed to respond. Rencken also weakened, and Box went past him, on the tortuous pull up Inchanga. Over the undulating stretch to Camperdown, Bagshaw took total command, reaching the checkpoint in 4h 7m. Baker held on to 2nd place but had lost 5 minutes to Bagshaw since Drummond. Box was moving strongly over this section and passed Baker just beyond Camperdown. Bagshaw went through a bad patch after Umlaas Road, but by the time he crossed the Mpusheni Bridge he had run through it and, realising he had a chance of breaking the record, sailed up Polly Shortt’s.

On the tough pull up Polly’s, Rencken recovered and went past Baker. Bagshaw, however, was away and with fatigue, from the grueling pace he had set himself, mirrored on his face, he entered the Collegians’ Club Oval, crossing the finish line with a new Best Time of 5h 51m 27s.

In an amazing two years, after only two Comrades Marathons, Bagshaw was the possessor of the Best Time for both the Up and the Down Run.

RESULT

1st Dave Bagshaw South Africa

5h 51m 27s

New Best Time Up

2nd Dave Box South Africa 5h 58m 07s
3rd Eric Rencken South Africa 6h 10m 11s
4th Gordon Baker South Africa 6h 12m 01s
5th Tim Blankley South Africa 6h 15m 30s
6th Roland Davey South Africa 6h 21m 44s
7th Rob Gardner South Africa 6h 27m 29s
8th Dave Levick South Africa 6h 34m 12s
9th Piet van der Leeuw South Africa 6h 34m 59s
10th Dewald Steyn South Africa 6h 37m 07s

VETERANS (AGE 40 – 49)

1st Charlie Chase (42) South Africa 6h 38m 31s
2nd Tony Tingle (41) South Africa 6h 46m 22s
3rd Dennis Gent (40) South Africa 7h 14m 08s

MASTERS (AGE 50 - 59)

1st Arnold Harborth (50) South Africa

6h 55m 08s

New Best Time Up

2nd Eddie Pritchard (51) South Africa 7h 23m 58s
3rd Eddie Gore (50) South Africa 7h 26m 54s
1971 Down (46th Race)
1972 Up (47th Race)
1973 Down (48th Race)
1974 Up (49th Race)
1975 Up (50th Race) Golden Jubilee Year

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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