Saturday, May 28, 2011

The spirit of the Comrades lives on

The Comrades Marathon on Sunday, further back in the field a few others will commemorate the history of the race.

Founded in 1921 by Vic Clapham as a memorial to the veterans of the Great War, the 89km race has introduced many changes over the years, but the spirit of the annual event is embraced by its tradition.

The Comrades Marathon celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2011, and Antony Clapham, the founder's great grandson, will become the first person in his family to attempt the race.

“I'm not from a sporting family, but when I was 13 or 14 I was watching the race on TV and they recounted the history of the event,” Clapham, a converted cyclist, said on Saturday.