Thursday, June 2, 2011

Not same excitement at this Comrades as before

AS RELATIVE normalcy prevails along the hallowed Comrades Marathon route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, muscles will continue to spasm for at least a few more days.

More than 19600 runners entered this year’s event but a relatively disappointing 11374 managed to finish the race.

After the 85th running of the Comrades last year just before the World Cup , it was no surprise that events were a little more sombre this year.

It might also be because of the 86th version being an up-run, from Durban to Maritzburg, that many thought they would give it a skip and rather tackle next year’s down-run.

Apparently legs being morphed into jelly on the way down to Durban sound a sight more appealing than heaving a tired body up the N1 through the M13 and eventually along the R103 on the up-run.

Whichever way you look at it, this year’s version of what is often billed as the world’s top ultra- distance marathon did not offer the same sort of excitement as in previous years.