Published: Tue, June 06, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

First ladies cross Comrades Marathon finish line

First ladies cross Comrades Marathon finish line

Ngubane who runs for the Nedbank Running Club finished in a time of 6:09:27.

Pietermaritzburg's unseasonal and unexpected winter heat disorientated Herron partially when she walked to the end but when told she wasn't finished‚ she trotted to the finish line.

Bosman was last year's race victor: "Today was one of the toughest days of my life, but I am happy to be the first South African woman home".

Motivated by the will to be a shining example to his community of what perseverance, determination and hard work can bring, Mthembu completed the gruelling 86,7km marathon in five hours, 35 minutes and 34 seconds on Sunday. That was when I started thinking about taking part in the Comrades Marathon. "It was a big deal reading about Bruce Fordyce and the legends and that's the one book my dad bought me".

Having failed dismally in the 2015 edition, when he could not finish in the top 10, Mthembu paced his race perfectly while watching the likes of early pacemakers Thobani Chagwe and Charles Tijane fade in the unseasonably fierce Midlands heat.

Zimbabwean, Hatiwande Nyamande took second in a time of 5:38:48, while former champion Gift Kelehe was third in 5:41:48.

That dream has been realised a couple of times, proving that Mthembu has legs of gold. It doesn't matter where you grew up, where you come from.

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