By Sandy Mullins
So many athletes did well at Comrades this year. Everyone who received a medal can pat themselves on the back. But just to highlight a few runners who need a mention.
Edmond Mngadi, Shane Hinchliffe and Pat Freeman all obtained their treble green numbers. That is an amazing accomplishment. Thirty times going up and down equates to about 2 600 km’s and not to mention the years of training! Following close behind is Garry Mann on 29, Helen Mann on 27 and Gina Hinchliffe on 26. Vino Pillay and Annie Harmsworth have 25 each. Only two other current Stella members have done more than 30, Pat Fisher who finished her 31st this year and Phillip van Niekerk who has finished 32. Kudos also goes to Ivan Charles who obtained his 20th and Moses Ngcobo who received his green number.
Our golden girl – Jadi Clark ran a remarkable 07:37 earning herself the new Isavel Roche-Kelly medal. All the training and hours of hard work paid off!
An amazing accomplishment by one of our novices comes in the form of Gcina Msibi, who cracked a 7:02 for his first effort and a piece of silver!
And not to mention a man who does Iron Man the week before Comrades in a time of 5:17 and then finishes a week later with a Bill Rowan medal in a time of 8:34 – maybe you’re not a blonde after all!
Well done Stella for lifting the flag high!