Comrades Wrap: Bongmusa Makes History


Mike Finch |

On Sunday, 4 June, local KwaZulu-Natal resident Bongmusa Mthembu added the ‘up’ run title to his Comrades collection.

Image taken from Comrades Facebook page.
Image taken from Comrades Facebook page.

On Sunday, 4 June, local KwaZulu-Natal resident Bongmusa Mthembu (Arthur Ford) added the ‘up’ run title to his Comrades collection covering the 86.73 kilometre route in 5:35:34.

He ran an incredibly consistent race, but despite his strong pace throughout, Mthembu was unable to beat the ‘up’ run record of 5:24:49, which was set in 2008 by Russian Leonid Shvetsov. Mthembu ended third in last year’s down run.

Maxed Elite athletes took an early lead, but it was short lived: with one hour to go it was all over for Charles Tjiane, as he slowed to a walk, leaving Nyamande, Kelehe and Mthembu to take the lead.

He was followed home by Hatiwande Nyamande from Zimbabwe (5:38.48) and previous winner Gift Kelehe, also from South Africa (5:41.48).

35-year-old American Camille Herron (Nedbank) won the women’s title in a time of 6:27:35, after leading almost the entire route.

Image taken from Camille Herron's Facebook page.
Image taken from Camille Herron’s Facebook page.

She was followed home by Russia’s Alexandra Morozova in second (6:31:45), while SA’s Charne Bosman (also of Nedbank) came third in 6:39:51.

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Bosman won her first Comrades last year, but didn’t have the best race-day experience. ‘I’m happy with my performance. I almost pulled out at 20km, I was struggling with groin pain. The supporters helped so much!’

What an absolute cracker of a run! ??Congrats to American Camille Herron! #comrades2017 #winner #womensrace @runcamille

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