The Assegaai Marathon Club’s members got together for a meal, on Thursday evening, 23 May 2019, at Mama Mia Restaurant.
This dinner at Mama Mia Restaurant provided the members the opportunity to present the Comrades hopefuls with a small gift. This year, each athlete received a pair of Versus running socks, which they can wear on the race day.
These socks will also remind them that they are not alone and other members of their club are also running in the same race, and they will meet again at the finish line. Mama Mia Restaurant prepared some lovely pasta dishes for the athletes and Jan van Vreden once again shared some of his wisdom, especially with the club’s first time Comrades athletes.
It was an enjoyable evening and as a club they look forward to seeing their athletes take on this enormous challenge. Assegaai Marathon Club’s starting list for the Comrades: Tessie Lundie, Annari Pienaar, Claudine Klingenberg, Ilse Nel, Laiken Smith, San- Mari Lamprecht, Simoney Coetzee, Belinda Ludick, Mary-Ann Taylor, Wilia Swanepoel, Adriaan Delport, Carl Schunke, Celumusa Emmanuel, Eddie Fivaz, Ewoud Potgieter, Johan C. M. Lamprecht, Leo Stucky, Sabelo Sibeko, Xolani Ngema, Gert van Deventer, Lucky Hleza, Pritchard Zweli Hlatshwayo, Richard Nhlabathi, Werner Peters and Zakhele Dlamini. Jackie Malan, Jan van Vreden and Leana Aslett had to withdraw due to injuries.
Put your television on, on Sunday, 9 June 2019 at 05:30, for this year’s Comrades Marathon. This year is an up hill run, starting at City Hall Durban and finishing at the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg.
The race distance is approximately 87 kilometres. Fun Comrades Marathon facts: The first Comrades race was held on Tuesday, 24 May 1921, from Pietermaritzburg City Hall to Durban City Hall.
It was a down hill race with a distance of 89.929 kilometres. 47 athletes entered, 34 competed in the race and only 16 of the athletes actually finished the race. All 16 of the athletes that completed the race were men and all finished in the silver medal time frame. Good luck to all of the runners, “May the odds be ever in your favour!”