The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) hosted an exclusive #Comrades2019 Champions Breakfast at the Tsogo Sun Elangeni Hotel in Durban on the morning of 10 June 2019 with the winners, Edward Mothibi and Gerda Steyn, other top performers, CMA sponsors including major sponsor Bonitas, government dignitaries, road-running officials and the media.
Nedbank Running Club’s Edward Mothibi won the Men’s Race in a time of 5:31:33, four minutes faster than Bongmusa Mthembu’s (who finished 2nd) 2017 Up Run win.
History was made on Sunday when Steyn, also a Nedbank Running Club athlete, captured the imagination of the nation with her victory in a time of 5:58:53; claiming 17th position overall and shattering Elena Nurgalieva’s 13-year stranglehold on the Comrades Women’s Up Run best time of 6:09:24; and a full 30 years after Frith Van Der Merwe produced a similar record and sub-6 hour performance to set a Comrades Down Run best time of 5:54:43 which remains to this day.
CMA Chairperson, Cheryl Winn congratulated the 2019 Comrades Marathon Champions, saying, “South Africa is a nation that is proud of its home-grown talent. We are incredibly happy that both male and female winners’ trophies remain in the country.”
|1||Edward Mothibi||RSA||Nedbank RC||05:31:33|
|2||Bongmusa Mthembu||RSA||Arthur Ford||05:31:58|
|3||Nao Kazami||JPN||Shin-Chan RC||05:39:16|
|4||Mahlomola Sekhonyana||RSA||Phantane RC||05:43:52|
|5||Joseph Manyedi||RSA||Nedbank RC||05:44:34|
|6||Justin Chesire||KEN||Nedbank RC||05:45:13|
|7||Henri Ansio||FIN||Nedbank RC||05:45:29|
|8||Marko Mambo||ZIM||Nedbank RC||05:48:30|
|9||Gordon Lesetedi||RSA||Entsika RC||05:52:40|
|10||Siya Mqambeli||RSA||Entsika RC||05:52:51|
|1||Gerda Steyn||RSA||Nedbank RC||05:58:53|
|3||Caitriona Jennings||IRL||Nedbank RC||06:24:12|
|5||Dominika Stelmach||POL||Nedbank RC||06:34:58|
|6||Jenna Challenor||RSA||Murray & Roberts RC||06:35:18|
|8||Charne Bosman||RSA||Murray & Roberts RC||06:49:39|
|9||Catrin Jones||CAN||Nedbank RC||06:52:44|
|10||Mary Khourie||RSA||Murray & Roberts RC||06:55:27|
The international runners made up a larger part of the field than previous years with the United Kingdom leading the way, followed by India, Zimbabwe, Brazil, USA & Australia all have more than 100 entries respectively.
Next year sees the 99th year of the Comrades Marathon. It will be a down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban and we encourage all runners to enter, as 2021 will be a very special year with the 100th celebration and you will get to complete the double down run. Yes, that’s correct another down run! And the whisper among runners is that there will be a special medal for this….but let’s wait and see.
See you all on the road!