UKZN Athletics Club Hosts Successful Comrades Route Test for Runners
The UKZN Athletics Club recently hosted the first of three training runs to prepare hopefuls for the 2018 Comrades Marathon in June.
The down run route test, which attracted more than 300 KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and Gauteng runners, offered three different starting points with the race finishing at Howard College’s Gate 10. Runners had the choice of doing 60km, 50km or 40km.
Athletics Club member and PhD Town and Regional Planning student Mr Sanele Mbambo said the training run was open to all athletes.
Among those who attended were gold and silver medal recipients and well-known runners like Prodigal Khumalo and Siphiwe Ndlela.
Addressing runners, Mbambo said: ‘Thank you for participating. The success of the training run depends on you! Thanks also to our coach Mduduzi Khumalo for his role and all the incredible work he does in preparation for Comrades.’
Wishing his teammates and all Comrades runners well, Mbambo encouraged them to enjoy the journey and to stay focussed and disciplined, sticking to their training and diet, and looking after their bodies.
Words: Sithembile Shabangu