Gerda and Piet sizzle at 97th Comrades Marathon: SPNAfrica’s report card

14 Jun 2024 | By Stephen Granger
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Piet Wiersma wins the 2024 Comrades Marathon_Image supplied

14 Jun 2024 | By Stephen Granger
Piet Wiersma and Gerda Steyn will wear the 2024 Comrades Marathon crowns with pride as the dust settles on yet another exceptional event which left few participants or observers believing that the footrace between Durban and Pietermaritzburg could be anything other than the World’s Best Ultra-marathon.

Leading distance runners from all corners of the planet increasingly plan to incorporate the Comrades Marathon into their running CV’s as a rite of passage, a pilgrimage to the ultimate shrine of distance running. As a result, competition at Comrades grows ever more intense.

Only six South Africans (three men and three women) could claim gold medals for top ten places this year, with seven and six countries respectively represented among the men’s and women’s top ten finishers.

The race
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Piet Wiersma wins the 2024 Comrades Marathon_Image supplied

Dutch athlete, Piet Wiersma, who came so close to victory in the down run last year when just 10 seconds separated him from the champion, Tete Dijana, went one better and clinched a life-changing victory, while few words remain to describe the feats of distance running achieved by Gerda Steyn, who won again in record time.

“Gerda just comes from a different planet,” said runner-up, 2022 winner, Alexandra Morozova. And the other-worldly manner of Steyn’s victory suggests this might indeed be true.

2023 World 100km champion, Carla Molinaro, matched Steyn for over two hours, before sensibly easing back to a more sustainable pace, eventually to finish 4th. Zimbabwean Loveness Madziva stayed with Steyn through the first 35km and paid a heavy price for her ambition, dropping out of the top ten to finish 13th.

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KZNA President Steve Mkasi presents a gold medal to Carla Molinaro. Photo – Paul Henman

Steyn never missed a beat or appeared to be in any discomfort as she gradually shed her male companions, eventually crossing the line at Scottsville Racecourse in 5:49:46 to finish 9 minutes inside her own record for the up run and more than 15 minutes clear or Russian athlete Morozova.

American Courtney Olsen overhauled Molinaro in the final quarter to claim third in 6:08:09, three minutes back of Morozova while Molinaro narrowly held off Zimbabwean Nobukhosi Tshuma in the final straight for fourth in 6:12:01, both athletes virtually out on their feet.

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Comrades Chair Mqondisi Ngcobo presents Courtney Olsen with her gold medal. Photo – Paul Henman

“It was the best day of my life – just a blessing to be here,” said Steyn. “I want to thank everyone who helped me to get here and all those who have supported me along the way.

“My race plan worked really well – except with two kilometres to go I checked my watch and realised I would have to sprint to make it under 5 hrs 50 min! I only just made it. That’s an extra bonus and I’m very happy with that.”

Many runners collapsed in exhaustion over the finish line. Only one turned back immediately to jog 50 metres in the direction from whence she had come to thank the cheering spectators for their support. Steyn is one of a kind, able to race 85km at record speed but still within herself, with an eye to what lies ahead.

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Comfort Zone – Gerda Steyn in total control going for her third Comrades title. Image Supplied

“Running Comrades and the Olympics in the same year is a challenge I set myself,” Steyn continued. “I don’t think anyone has ever done that before. I feel blessed I have this opportunity – to go after difficult things simply because it’s worth it.

“That challenge builds character and inspires so many people, so I’m happy about my choice. And I’m going to work so hard to be ready on 11 August to represent South Africa (in Paris) in the proudest way I possibly can.”

While prize money is never a prime motivation for Steyn, her total earnings of R2 075 000, before any additional incentives from sponsors, representing a combination of winning the race, first South African home, breaking the record for the ‘up’ Comrades, setting a new ‘fastest pace’ for the ‘up’ run and winning the hotspot prize for the first runner through Cato Ridge, likely represents the biggest pay day of her career.

Given the strength of the men’s international field for this year’s race, it was always going to be a tough ask for South Africa to maintain its hold on the winner’s trophy. Two decades of dominance by international athletes from 1993, where South African male athletes could only win five titles out of nineteen (and female athletes only two), ended with the last of Zimbabwean Stephen Muzinghi’s three successive victories in 2011.

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Bongmusa Mthembu – major impact in ultra-marathon running in past decade. Photo – Stephen Granger

Homegrown world-class ultra-marathoners such as Bongmusa Mthembu, David Gatebe, Edward Mothibi and Tete Dijana stepped up to the Comrades plate with energy and determination after 2011 and reaped the rewards of long months of hard preparation, but the strength of international athletes flying into South Africa to race Comrades this year suggested 2024 might be different.

Four athletes led the Comrades on Sunday at various stages with 2024 Two Oceans Marathon winner, Onalenna Khonkhobe, starting out as if he were racing a half, rather than an ultra, marathon.

Lesotho’s Jobo Khatoane, better known for his speed over shorter distances, with four Two Oceans Half Marathon golds to his name, overhauled Khonkhobe at 7km and led to halfway at Drummond, where a combination of pre-planned strategy and race exhaustion ended his race.

Leading Russian ultra-trail athlete and 8th place Comrades finisher in 2023, Aleksei Beresnev, came through Drummond at pace, overtaking Khatoane and holding a cushion of more than five minutes on the chasing pack which included most of the race favourites.

Beresnev appeared in cruise control as he powered through the Cell C hotspot at Cato Ridge 55 km into the race six minutes up on his rivals to claim the R50 000 incentive and looking a good bet for the top step on the podium.

But he had underestimated the toll the Comrades hills typically exact from an athlete and suddenly neither cruise nor control were suitable descriptions of his running gate.

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Piet Wiersma, Degefa Lafebo and Tete Dijana competing in a high-stakes contest 70km into the race. Image supplied

Working together, Wiersma, Ethiopian Degefa Lafebo, Teboho Sello of Lesotho and South Africans Dan Moselakwe, Joseph Manyedi and Tete Dijana began to close the gap on Beresnev, smelt blood and closed on their prey with surprising speed. Sello and Manyedi fell behind, leaving the remaining quartet to power past Beresnev just 11km further on, 19km from home.

For 16 minutes the Nedbank Running Club quartet of Wiersma, Lafebo, Moselakwe and Dijana jockeyed for position, sensing that the race could be won or lost in a heartbeat as the famous Polly Shorts climb loomed.

It was on ‘Little Pollys’, the prelude to the more serious climb, that Wiersma made his move. Only Lafebo responded but his challenge was short-lived and in a flash the race was over as the Dutch athlete drew away from his rivals.

Only an impressively decorated South African mounted police sextet could stay the pace with the race leader on the full Polly Shorts, providing an impressive equine escort as Wiersma crested Pollys and set his face towards the race finish at Scottsville Horse Racing Club in Pietermaritzburg.

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The Green Wave. Nedbank athletes form the lead pack at the business end of the race. Piet Wiersma, Joseph Manyedi, Tete Dijana, Degefa Lafebo, Dan Moselakwe. Image supplied

Such was Wiersma’s strength over the finishing 8km, that Leonid Shvetsov’s ‘up’ record of 5:24:49, set in 2008, which had appeared to be out of sight, was suddenly vulnerable. Wiersma swept onto the grass at Scottsville to break the tape in 5:25:00, 45 seconds clear of a fast-finishing Moselakwe and just 11 seconds outside the record and the half million Rand incentive. He was nonetheless ecstatic at the win.

“It means everything – it feels like a combination of everything I’ve ever done,” said the clearly emotional champion. “This is going to change everything for me. Last year I was second. The prize money was nice and I could train without having to find a job for a while, But it didn’t change my life entirely.

“A friend of mine – Hosea Kiplagat – invited me to his house in Kenya and we trained together for six weeks, full time. So I knew I was in the best shape of my life.

“I decided beforehand that if I were to win this race, I’d go back to Kenya for a longer term and see how much I can improve by being a full-time runner,” Wiersma continued. “I also want to see how much I can improve in the standard marathon when I run at Valencia in December.”

Up and down

That only three of last year’s gold medalists – Dutch athlete Wiersma, South African Joseph Manyedi (4th) and Lesotho’s Teboho Sello (8th) – could repeat their top ten position this year, points to the different skill sets needed to succeed in both the ‘up’ and ‘down’ runs and also reflects the increasing competitiveness of the race.

Five of last year’s male top ten finishers, including the champion, Dijana, found themselves falling back to between 11th and 21st positions, and trading their gold for a Wally Hayward medal for a sub-6 hour time.

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KZNA President Steve Mkasi presents a gold medal to Jenet Mbhele. Mbhele repeated her gold medal of last year Photo – Paul Henman

Women can possibly adapt more easily to the differences, or the depth of competition does not yet equal that of their male counterparts. Led by the remarkable Steyn, five other 2023 gold medalists repeated this year – Russian Alexandra Morozova (2nd), South African Carla Molinaro (4th), Irish athlete Caitriona Jennings (7th), South African Jenet Mbhele (8th) and Polish athlete Dominika Stelmach (9th).

While the core route of the Comrades Marathon remains largely the same year in and out, the overall distance has historically differed by as much as six kilometres, largely due to road or other construction work in and around the approach to the finish in Durban or Pietermaritzburg.

The 1971 route (92km) was the longest and this year’s 85,91km the shortest of the 97 Comrades races to date, offering this year’s 18 884 starters every chance of achieving their target time and beating the race cut-offs. An exceptionally high 93% did just that.

Under new management – a review
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Anne Ashworth – Race and Operations Manager

For 2018 Comrades winner, Ann Ashworth, her seven months in the saddle as Race and Operations Manager, tasked with delivering a top event last weekend has been something of a whirlwind, but her leadership appeared to find favour with the majority of the runners while Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Board Chairperson, Mqondisi Ngcobo, was enthusiastic in his affirmation of the role she has played.

“Ann has been amazing, she brought in many fresh ideas and innovations for our 97th edition,” said Ngcobo. “She worked hard and hit the ground running from day one. She had just 20 days to organise a major launch and invested time and energy to secure sponsors.

“She leveled the playing fields for elite athletes so that those not part of a professional club or team were not disadvantaged, she organised upgraded sanitary facilities for all women during the race and arranged designated refreshment tables for seeded elite athletes at eight points along the route for the first time.


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CMA Board Chair Mqondisi Ngcobo. Photo – Paul Henman

“In addition, Ann was largely responsible for the redesign of the finish area and the route review which led to runners passing Comrades House for the first time.  Personally, I thought the atmosphere along the packed finish straight at Scottsville Racecourse added significant value.

“When (former race and operations manager) Rowyn James resigned, we appointed Ann as an interim measure until June, when we planned to formally advertise the position and make a final appointment. Quite possibly we will need to extend the interim position for a few months.  Ann has done well and we hope that she applies for the permanent position.”

The Comrades Chair also emphasised the importance of onboarding several additional sponsors, which largely happened under Ashworth’s management. Cell C, Mr Price Sport and THIRSTI are the event’s Tier One sponsors with no fewer than fifteen named as Tier Two Sponsors or ‘Suppliers’.  Athletics South African and KwaZulu Natal Athletics are listed as event partners.


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Steely determination is written onto the face of Gerda Steyn as she charts he path to ultra-marathon glory and her biggest pay day. Image supplied

“Our prize money was higher than ever before and sets a new standard for South African road running,” Ngcobo continued. “We were thrilled that Cell C came on board to assist the CMA in providing suitable reward to the race’s top contenders. Cell C enabled us to increase the prize money substantially with the total prize money up to R4 092 000 and R825 000 to the male and female winners. 

“We also reintroduced the ‘hotspot’ incentive of R50 000 for the first male and female athletes through Cato Ridge (about 30km from the finish) and an additional R500 000 for the athlete setting the fastest pace ever in winning Comrades.

“Gerda Steyn had a superb race, and we were delighted to reward her with cash prizes to the value of R2 000 075 000, which included first prize, the record incentive, the fastest pace incentive, the hotspot incentive and the first South African runner’s prize.”

Asked to share his Comrades highlights with SPNAfrica, Ngcobo pointed to the start, the journey and the finish as ticking all the boxes.

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A kaleidoscope of colour as the 2024 Comrades Marathon prepares to get underway. Image supplied

“Ann brought her touch to the start and I thought this was world-class. The changes we introduced worked well, notably the introduction to the masses of the top three male and female contenders while their favourite songs were played.

“Then the atmosphere along the route was fantastic. Crowds were bigger than ever, cheering on the athletes and creating a wonderful spirit for the runners and spectators alike.

“The finish was certainly a highlight for me, creating a great atmosphere with the crowds close to the athletes. And the fact that more than 93% of those who started finished the race within the time limit, compared with 86% at the last up run, was a huge plus point. The relaxed cut-offs during the race gave everyone an opportunity.”

Ashworth herself expressed her satisfaction with the outcomes and how the day turned out. “It wasn’t perfect,” Ashworth acknowledged. “Not everything went according to plan but I truly believe we did the very best we could on the day. The feedback received from runners has been overwhelmingly positive. For me, if runners are happy, then the race was a success.”  

That Ashworth has competed at the highest level as an ultra-distance athlete on the road and in trail running (boasting two Comrades and three Two Oceans gold medals) undoubtedly helped to equip her for the position. And her qualifications as an advocate and an athletics coach provide substantial additional advantages. It is a significant credit to the CMA to have landed a person of Ashworth’s abilities to steer the Comrades ship, albeit in an interim capacity.

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Ann Ashworth wins the 2017 Cape Peninsula Marathon – her experience as an elite athlete stood her in good stead as Comrades Race Manager. Photo – Stephen Granger

“I think that being a recent runner is an enormous advantage,” Ashworth acknowledged. “I have tried to introduce things I wished were in place while I was running as well as addressing the requests received from runners, including the athletes I coach and the athletes I run with. I am hopeful that over time the race will be increasingly responsive to runners’ needs.”

In an event as complex as the Comrades, it is inevitable that challenges will arise, some as a result of actions taken or not taken by the CMA and others not.  It is the manner of the response to these challenges, both on the day and in the weeks to follow, that is important.

Transportation-related challenges, largely due to infrastructural issues at municipal level in Pietermartizburg were identified by Mqondisi as needing to be addressed.

“Movements in and out of Pietermaritzburg are always challenging and can lead to delays and frustration,” said Mqondisi. “But we have strong relationships with the Deputy Mayor of Pietermaritzburg, who is also the Chair of Infrastructure, and we are confident that repairing lights and road damage is part of their strategic planning going forward.”

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The most talkative champion – 2023 winner Tete Dijana talking tactics with Ethiopian teammate Degefa Lafebo. Lesotho’s Teboho Sello listens in from behind. Image supplied

While there were complaints from runners and supporters, seemingly a small minority, the speed with which these were formally acknowledged was impressive.  Just two days after the race, the CMA issued a media release under Ashworth’s signature, acknowledging the complaints, promising a full investigation and issuing an unequivocal apology for “any oversights, errors and inconvenience cause to runners and spectators”. 

The CMA release highlighted five areas of potential shortcoming, only two of which could have been directly attributable to the CMA:

  1. The short supply of runner goodie bags to the Durban registration;
  2. The late arrival of the buses tasked with the transportation of athletes from the finish area to Durban as part of the Runner’s Bus Service;
  3. The tremendous traffic congestion on the N3 highway as well as in the areas immediately surrounding the finish venue;
  4. The late collection of general waste and recyclables from the refreshment stations located in the second half of the race route; and
  5. The short supply of Robert Mtshali medals to athletes finishing between 9h00 and 9h59.

The manner in which these and other challenges are addressed will shape the Comrades Marathon in the immediate and longer term future, notably with a view to one of the most important dates in the event’s history, the 100th Comrades Race, scheduled as a down run to Durban in 2027.

Looking to the future

Looking ahead, there is every likelihood that the quality of the international challenge will strengthen and there is little doubt that the CMA will be re-doubling the efforts to achieve this, aiming to attract the cream of the crop of the world’s ultra-marathoners for their centenary in 2027, a non-Olympic year.

Partnerships will be key, in particular those from local, provincial and national governments, and the CMA’s sponsors and suppliers. The importance of outreach to the wider community has traditionally been recognised by the CMA and this will need to be strengthened further if the event is to succeed at this highest level.

The strong recognition of age group runners and team competitions have been features of the Comrades over the years and next year could see a remarkable age-related double act, an occurrence which Comrades founder, Vic Clapham, could scarcely have imagined in 1921 when the Bill Rowan narrowly broke the 9 hour mark to record the great race’s first win.

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Barry Holland before the start. Image supplied

Comrades 2025 could be extraordinary in that it will likely produce the first, and possibly second, runner to complete fifty Comrade Marathons.  A stress fracture prevented Balito athlete, Barry Holland, from becoming the first to achieve that milestone over the weekend, being forced to withdraw at halfway.

While Holland struggled, Outeniqua Harrier marathoner, Louis Massyn, completed his 49th Comrades journey on Sunday with 25 minutes to spare, immediately reaching out to Holland, suggesting they finish their 50th Comrades together next year, as sprightly 74-year-olds!

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Louis Massyn on his way to his 49th Comrades Marathon medal. Photo courtesy Louis Massyn

Both Massyn and Holland ran their first Comrades in 1973, Holland recording an impressive 7 hrs 52 min while Massyn clocked in at 10 hrs 14 min.  Massyn ran his fastest Comrades (6:25) in 1980, while Holland’s best is just four minutes slower, run in 1991 in his 21st Comrades.

Another aspect of the Comrades which sets it apart from most other sporting events is its powerful celebration of the race’s heritage, to the extent that the Heritage and Traditions Committee is one of the most influential of the CMA’s formal forums.

The Comrades Marathon now boasts a set of nine impressively crafted medals which can be won by participants completing the world’s greatest ultra-marathon within certain target times. Five of these are linked to Comrades greats of the past – Vic Clapham (sub 12 hr), Robert Mtshali (sub 10 hr), Bill Rowan (sub 9 hr), Isavel Roche-Kelly (women sub 7 hour not earning gold) and Wally Hayward (men sub 6 hour not earning gold).

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The Comrades Medal Collection

The Comrades Marathon Association might do well to consider increasing their medal tally to a perfect ten to celebrate their centenary in 2027. And if so, might a Bruce Fordyce (arguably the greatest Comrades runner ever with nine victories) or a Sam Tshabalala (first black runner to win in 1989) medal for a rare back-to-back ‘up’ and ‘down’ double victory be considered?

Only twelve men in 97 years and nine women in 57 years have achieved this feat, making it an exceptional opportunity to award these medals retroactively at the Comrades Centenary. Tete Dijana (2022 and 2023) and Gerda Steyn (2023 and 2024) are the latest athletes to have accomplished this.

Given that this medal would requires two wins, what price a Fordyce-Tshabalala medal?

Comrades Marathon Results 

Top 10: Male

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2024 winner Piet Wiersma celebrates in gladiatorial style with runner up Dan Moselakwe (right) and third-placed Degefa Lafebo. Photo – Paul Henman
Pos   Race No   Name   Country   Club   Finish  
1   55335   Piet WIERSMA   NED   Nedbank Interntional   5:25:00  
2   54169   Dan MOSELAKWE   RSA   Nedbank Running Club GN   5:25:45  
3   58002   Degefa Yohannese LAFEBO   ETH   Nedbank Running Club Ethiopia   5:27:48  
4   28773   Joseph MANYEDI   RSA   Nedbank Running Club GN   5:28:33  
5   37564   Andrew DAVIES   GBR   UK   5:30:46  
6   31020   Bongmusa MTHEMBU   RSA   Arthur Ford AC   5:34:45  
7   35871   Elov OLSSON   SWE   Ockelbo SK   5:35:24  
8   14891   Teboho SELLO   LES   Maxed Elite Lesotho   5:36:11  
9   57354   Alex MILNE   GBR   Nedbank International   5:36:51  
10   14236   Givemore MADZINGANYAMA   ZIM   Entsika AC   5:37:09

Top 10: Female

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Shining silverware carried by the top three women, winner Gerda Steyn and runners-up Alexandra Morozova (right) and Courtney Olsen. photo – Paul Henman
Pos   Race No   Name   Country   Club   Finish  
1   30929   Gerda STEYN   RSA   Phantane AC   5:49:46  
2   20886   Alexandra MOROZOVA   INT   Maxed Elite   6:05:12  
3   51529   Courtney OLSEN   USA   USA International   6:08:09  
4   21250   Carla MOLINARO   RSA   Hollywood AC KZN   6:12:01  
5   34525   Nobukhosi TSHUMA   ZIM   Entsika AC   6:12:18  
6   59866   Antonina IUSHINA   INT   Ogorodnikov Team   6:12:28  
7   21233   Caitriona JENNINGS   IRE   Nedbank International   6:16:54  
8   55368   Jenet MBHELE   RSA   XCEL Running Club   6:16:54  
9   21237   Dominika STELMACH   POL   Nedbank International   6:19:24  
10   53469   Yulia RYZHANKOVA   INT   Maxed Elite International   6:28:22

 First South African: Male

Pos   Name   Country   Finish  
1   Dan Moselakwe   RSA   05:25:45

First South African: Female

Pos   Name   Country   Finish  
1   Gerda Steyn   RSA   05:49:46

Top 3 KwaZulu-Natal: Male

Pos   Race No   Name   Country   Club   Province   Finish  
1   31020   Bongmusa MTHEMBU   RSA   Arthur Ford AC   KZNA   5:34:45  
2   44201   Sikhumbuzo SEME   RSA   Hollywood AC   KZNA   5:44:19  
3   50121   Nkosikhona MHALAKWANA   RSA   Hollywood AC   KZNA   5:45:48

Top 3 KwaZulu-Natal: Female

Pos   Race No   Name   Country   Club   Province   Finish  
1   55368   Jenet MBHELE   RSA   XCEL Running Club   KZNA   6:16:54  
2   54048   Janie GRUNDLING   RSA   Phantane AC   KZNA   6:59:36  
3   55780   Fikile Fundisiwe MBUTHUMA   RSA   Phantane AC   KZNA   7:05:33

Elite Team Prize: Male

Rank: 1   Nedbank Running Club GN   Nation   Category   Time  
Race No   Name              
54169   Dan MOSELAKWE   RSA   Elite   5:25:45  
28773   Joseph MANYEDI   RSA   Elite   5:28:33  
28951   Tete DIJANA   RSA   Elite   5:42:50  
17472   Edward MOTHIBI   RSA   Elite   5:44:09  

Elite Team Prize: Female

 Rank: 1   Team: Nedbank Running Club GN   Nation   Category   Time  
Race No   Name              
10862   Deanne LAUBSCHER   RSA   Elite   6:28:41  
52631   Slindile CHILLI   RSA   Elite   7:57:34  
59155   Michelle DYKMAN   RSA   Elite   8:07:54  
51634   Taryn SNYMAN   RSA   Elite   8:31:34  

Team Prizes: Male 20-39


Rank: 1   Team: FAKU Chiefs AC              
Race No.   Name   Club   Category   Time  
58229   Nkosinathi Michael DUMA   FAKU Chiefs AC   20-39   5:50:09  
30157   Chris BILEY   FAKU Chiefs AC   20-39   5:57:27  
46826   Julian ATKINSON   FAKU Chiefs AC   20-39   6:27:42  
20317   Matt DOVE   FAKU Chiefs AC   20-39   6:35:13  
Rank: 2   Hollywood AC KZN              
Race No.   Name   Club   Category   Time  
51251   Perfect DLAMINI   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   6:14:31  
58157   Khulekani GASA   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   6:24:36  
51899   Siybonga MKIVA   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   6:31:35  
16480   Nkosinathi MTHALNE   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   6:32:03  

Team Prizes: Female 20-39

 Rank: 1   Team: Ubora AC Johannesburg              
Race No.   Name   Club   Category   Time  
29121   Renata VOSLOO   Ubora AC Johannesburg   20-39   6:59:17  
21075   Lene SWART   Ubora AC Johannesburg   20-39   7:02:44  
41274   Gina POCOCK   Ubora AC Johannesburg   20-39   7:04:13  
10965   Daniella MORRISON-JONES   Ubora AC Johannesburg   20-39   7:05:51  
Rank: 2   Hollywood AC KZN              
Race No.   Name   Club   Category   Time  
21250   Carla MOLINARO   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   6:12:01  
55301   Unathi MNGCWENGI   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   7:44:31  
38491   Thokomela Prudence DLAMINI   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   9:06:40  
4951   Andiswa DIYA   Hollywood AC KZN   20-39   9:25:11  

Team Prize: Male 40+

Rank: 1   Stella AC              
Race No.   Name   Club   Category   Time  
20919   Gcina MSIBI   Stella AC   40+   6:15:44  
55953   Nkosinathi NGCONGO   Stella AC   40+   6:16:54  
53444   Wellington Mlungisi NTENGA   Stella AC   40+   6:25:41  
49713   Alasdair LESLIE   Stella AC   40+   6:30:55  

Team Prize: Female 40+

Rank: 1   Team: Nedbank Running Club CG              
Race No.   Name   Club   Category   Time  
32110   Jeannie HENDERSON   Nedbank Running Club CG   40+   6:54:53  
55292   Ilse MARAIS   Nedbank Running Club CG   40+   6:57:15  
35090   Boipelo OREKENG   Nedbank Running Club CG   40+   7:30:26  
42848   Christelle PRETORIUS   Nedbank Running Club CG   40+   8:59:13  

Top 3: Male 40-49


Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   28773   Joseph MANYEDI   40-49   RSA   Nedbank Running Club GN   5:28:33  
2   37564   Andrew DAVIES   40-49   UK   UK   5:30:46  
3   31020   Bongmusa MTHEMBU   40-49   RSA   Arthur Ford AC   5:34:45

Top 3: Female 40-49

 Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   21233   Caitriona JENNINGS   40-49   IRE   Nedbank International   6:16:54  
2   21237   Dominika STELMACH   40-49   POL   Nedbank International   6:19:24  
3   42875   Petra PASTOROVA   40-49   CZE   Nedbank International   6:29:28

Top 3: Male 50-59

Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   25035   Wayne SPIES   50-59   AUS   Nedbank International   5:59:11  
2   49673   Oleg KHARITONOV   50-59   INT   Kharitonov Team   6:16:54  
3   13772   Jabulani MABASO   50-59   RSA   Mandeni Harriers   6:30:11

Top 3: Female 50-59

 Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   24039   Mamala Annah MAPONYA   50-59   RSA   University of Limpopo AC   7:32:32  
2   42405   Jenni KRUSE   50-59   RSA   Ubora AC Johannesburg   7:47:58  
3   58973   Maria Claudia FERREIRA   50-59   BRA   Nelson Evencio   7:49:51

Top 3: Male 60+

Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   9867   David GAMEDE   60-69   RSA   Boksburg AC   7:04:45  
2   6845   Shaun MEIKLEJOHN   60-69   RSA   Save Orion AC   7:19:56  
3   4697   Wayne SCOTT   60-69   RSA   Pinetown & Districts AC   7:32:12

Top 3: Female 60+

 Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   22403   Janine GOES   60-69   RSA   Dolphin Coast Striders   9:01:49  
2   47180   Jennifer KELLETT   60-69   RSA   ACTMA   9:08:48  
3   31454   Lynn DA SILVA   60-69   RSA   Jeppe Qoundam AC   9:21:04

First Position: Male 70+

 Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   515   Peter CAMINZIND   70+   SUI   SSC Langnau   9:12:22  

First Position: Female 70+

 Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Finish  
1   59729   Suzanne KOONCE   70+   USA   Tattersols  




First Novice                              
Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Age   Country   Club   Finish  
1   58002   Degefa Yohannese LAFEBO   Senior   30   ETH   Nedbank Running Club Ethiopia   5:27:48


Youngest Finisher                              
Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Age   Country   Club   Finish    
1   32228   Michael HERHOLDT   Senior   20   RSA   Maties Stellenbosch   10:54:50


ldest Finisher                                
Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Age   Country   Club   Finish
1   55651   Marosi MOSEHLA   70+   82   RSA  
Polokwane AC
Hot Spot Winner: Male                      
Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Time Cato Ridge   Time @ Finish  
1   45454   Aleksei BERESNEV       International       3:33:57   5:37:30



Hot Spot Winner: Female                          
Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   Time @ Cato Ridge   Time
1   30929   Gerda STEYN   Senior   RSA   Phantane AC   3:52:23   5:49:46

New Best Time: Female

Comrades Marathon
Gratitude – Gerda Steyn acknowledges the crowd_Image supplied
Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   2019 Best Time   2024 Best Time
1   30929   Gerda STEYN   Senior   RSA   Phantane AC  


Pos   Race No   Name   Category   Country   Club   2019 Fastest Average Pace   2024 Fastest Average Pace
1   30929   Gerda STEYN   Senior   RSA   Phantane AC   4:7.99   4:7.11


Last Finisher: Eddie Mkhabele – Race No. 30323

First Non-finisher: Barnabas Mlanduli – Race No. 7541