Comrades is by far the most popular and biggest sporting event on the South African calendar. Everyone knows someone who is a Comrades runner. 18000 ultra runners braving one of the hardest routes you can ask for is certainly not a small event.
Today was special as we had a South African winner! The winning time was a bit slower than usual with the heat taking its toll and the winner was nearly 10 minutes ahead of the 2nd runner. However, 5hours 32min is still an incredible time. Well done Claude Mushiywa, we are all very proud of you!
In the women's race it was once again the Nurgalieva twins from Russia that dominated and finished 1st and 2nd respectively. Elena won her 8th Comrades in 6 hours 27 minutes with Olesya about a minute behind.
But the day is about the masses. The 18000 ultra heroes who run to finish before the 12 hour cut-off. I salute them all. To those who didn't make it today, next year the route will be there again. Rest well and start the build up again. Next year will be yours to cross the finish line.
For me the running year is starting in all seriousness now. I have a full and hard trail schedule ahead. I am ready and motivated to do the hard work. The wonderful journey of running never ends...