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Comrades Marathon Quadruple Green Number legends, Louis Massyn (No.403) and Barry Holland (No.916) were part of the inaugural ‘Race The Comrades Legends’.

 

These legendary athletes hold the most finishes in the Comrades Marathon with an astounding 47 each and participated in the 45km and 21km distances respectively.

 

Alan Robb (No.1704), the first Comrades Marathon runner to run a sub-5:30 in 1978, with 4 wins and an impressive 42 Comrades medals, including 12 gold and 16 silver did the 21km.

 

Other Quadruple Green Number Legends who took part in the ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ virtual race included:

 

  • Zwelitsha Gono,
  • Tommy Neitski,
  • Wietsche Van Der Westhuizen,
  • Mike Cowling,
  • Vic Boston,
  • Kenny Craig and;
  • Johann Van Eeden

 

Notable females on the Comrades Marathon Triple Green Number Roll of Honour who participated in the ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ were:

 

  • Kleintjie Van Schalkwyk (No.7919) with 34 finishes;
  • Pat Fisher (No.1011) with 31 finishes;
  • Pat Freeman (No.6883) with 30 finishes and;
  • Kim Pain (No.5938) with 30 finishes

 

Other Triple Green Number runners who ran ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ included:

 

Race No.

Name

144

Colin Goosen

477

Rob Collins

6779

Hercu Hofmeyr

8412

Kovalan Moodley

11101

Maurice Rosen

4296

Ian Benson

5058

Eric Wright

2182

Komalan Moodley

4697

Wayne Scott

1063

Chris Fisher

6630

Zirk Lourens

1747

Gareth Griffiths

3295

Kobus Van Der Walt

5137

Manuel Alves

7909

Basil Kok

15784

Barlan Govender

10595

Pieter Nel

845

Rob Steer

10047

Andre Van Rooyen

4587

Andries Venter

11523

Keith Reynolds

3745

Jack Mortassagne

17678

Daniel Jordaan

19352

Johan Grant

6319

Phillip Van Niekerk

4361

Werner Weidemann

2846

Francois Kellerman

9022

Deon Rossouw

5829

Naresh Nana

15728

Gert Snygans

5147

Johan Kriel

15949

Leon Van Moerkerken

18527

Dirk Brink

8743

Floors Welthagen

15103

Richard Hammill

9453

Roger Buck

4846

Alf Gloy

2403

Bruce Fordyce

3093

Charl Eugene Bredell

19446

Mpho Johan Motaung

6845

Shaun Meiklejohn

14147

Video Murray

14741

Bradley Oakley-Brown

16560

Jan Coetzee

7502

John Grobbelaar

19039

Koos Coetzee

2472

Shane Hinchliffe


 

Reigning Comrades Marathon Champions, Edward Mothibi and Gerda Steyn had an epic time racing the legends in the ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ virtual race.

 

Both Mothibi and Steyn are Brand Ambassadors for CMA sponsor, Swinkels Family Brewers, promoting its range of Bavaria 0.0% non-alcoholic adult beverages.

 

Swinkels Family Brewer’s Marketing Manager: Africa, Oliver Wills says, “Both Edward and Gerda were the perfect fit as Brand Ambassadors for Bavaria 0.0%. They are both fit, energetic and influential professional athletes who epitomise the fun, responsible lifestyle that our brand seeks to promote.”

 

 

Mothibi, who, runs for Nedbank Running Club and works as a Clerk at the Impala Platinum Mine, claimed his inaugural victory in last year’s Comrades Marathon Up Run in a winning time of 5:31:33

 

Says Mothibi, “I ran the 21km in ‘Race The Comrades Legends’. I had not been training properly with the lockdown regulations so I enjoyed a casual run at a leisurely pace. Like so many other athletes, I really missed Comrades this year.”

 

“‘Race The Comrades Legends’ was special because it is those legends who have inspired us to run the Comrades Marathon. As a runner and an average humble person, I felt privileged to be part of this event and it is great to serve as a Brand Ambassador for Bavaria 0.0%.”

 

Mothibi adds, “From a young age, I have looked up to all the great runners in the Comrades Marathon, especially the legends. I feel blessed with all the opportunities that have been presented to me since winning The Ultimate Human Race; it has been phenomenal.”

 

 

Steyn, who ran her race in Dubai, stunned the nation with her record-breaking Comrades Up Run victory in 5:58:53 and also participated in the 21km event. Says Steyn, “After the cancellation of just about all running events, it was so great that we could participate in this virtual race.”

 

“The Comrades is all about its rich history and it would certainly not be the same without the stories of the legends of this great race. It was really only after winning last year’s Comrades that I realized how big these people who came before us have made this race special in every way. What an honour! The 2019 Comrades experience was the highlight of my entire running career. I could not have asked for more than that, including the chance of serving as a Brand Ambassador for Bavaria 0.0% which is actually a delicious non-alcoholic beverage, especially after a good run.” 

 

CMA General Manager, Keletso Totlhanyo says, “We are grateful to Swinkel Family Brewers for bringing Edward and Gerda on board the ‘Race The Comrades Legends’ It was wonderful to have them participate in our inaugural virtual event.


 

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