46 Century City runners compete in Comrades Marathon

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Date 22 June 2018

A record 46 Century City runners took part in this year’s Comrades Marathon, scoring a total of 36 medals among them. This was the 10th consecutive year that members of the Century City Athletic Club have participated in the Comrades Marathon and numbers have grown steadily since a lone Century City runner, Vladimir Kotov (a three-times winner of the Comrades), took part in 2009.

Club chair Bertie Cloete said 36 of the 46 runners completed the race, but what was astounding was the growth in participation, especially from novices.

“We also saw a surge last year when 30 of our runners competed.” The first Century City runner home was Moses Skosana in a time of 8 hours 40 minutes. In all, Century City runners nabbed five Bill Rowan medals, 14 bronze medals and 17 Vic Clapman medals.

Cloete said that special mention should be made of Evelina Tshabalala who joined Century City Athletic Club last year to get her running back on track and to assist with the development of juniors. Evelina, who was named one of South Africa’s 21 icons in 2013, earned a bronze medal this year, coming home in 10 hours 39 minutes.

Evelina, along with all our development runners, has been supported by Puma and Western National Insurance. Cloete said race conditions this year were perfect. “But it is always the journey to the start line that we have to appreciate when it comes to Comrades. It takes months of training, planning and sacrifice.

“It’s a tough run as can be expected from Comrades, but the support we had back home helps every step of the way.” He said that Century City Athletic Club membership was continuing to grow exponentially and they currently have 350 members, almost 60% more than a year ago.

We would like to congratulate each of the 46 runners who held the Century City flag high and firmly placed Century City on the map in this year’s Comrades