Entries officially closed for #Comrades2018

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Comrades 2016 finish

With 21,500 entries received in just 21 days, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has officially closed the 2018 Comrades Marathon entry process.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, “This applies to both online and manual entries. We have reached the cap of 21,500 and cannot accept any more entries. All entries received up until 16h30 at Comrades House today (Thursday, 21 September 2017) will still be accepted and are currently being processed, including those postal entries that are postmarked 21 September 2017 or earlier. However, all other entries received after this time will be rejected.”

James adds, “The fast pace at which our 2018 entries have been snapped up has really been phenomenal. Even with the increase in the entry cap this morning, the CMA has found it mandatory to close the entry process. The safety and well-being of our runners and the integrity of the event remains a top priority.”

James has advised that this unprecedented demand for entry into the Comrades Marathon goes hand-in-hand with catering to our athletes’ needs. He says, “In line with our Runners First Initiative, the CMA Board found it imperative to increase the entry cap from the original 20-thousand to 21,500.”

James says the CMA’s sole focus is the athlete and meeting the needs of our participants on Comrades race day.

James adds, “All roads lead to the Moses Mabhida Stadium come Sunday, 10 June 2018. We look forward to a fantastic day of road-running for all participants.”

Please visit www.comrades.com for more information.

Comrades 2018

 

Enter now or miss out on #Comrades2018

Comrades 2018

With over 80% of entries for the 2018 edition of The Ultimate Human Race already taken up in less than three weeks, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has urged aspirant entrants to get their entry in now before the 20-thousand entry cap is reached, due to unprecedented demand.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James has advised that entries have never been taken up at the fast rate that they are currently going for next year’s Down Run. “Runners are really loving the streamlined entry process and our Entries Team are doing a fantastic job of sorting out any queries and getting our athletes entered for the 93rd Comrades Marathon.”

James adds, “We are pleased with the way the entry process has been going so far, especially noting the excitement and enthusiasm of the athletes at the prospect of finishing inside the iconic Moses Mabhida Stadium next year.”

James has advised that at the rate the entries are being snapped up, the entry cap will be reached by the end of this month and not in November, as was originally planned.

He says, “With only 19 days into the 2018 Comrades Marathon entry process, more than 16,300 entries have been received. That is more than 80% of the 20,000-entry cap, with entries coming in at a rapid rate.”

The Early Bird entry fee of R460.00 applicable only to South African and Rest of Africa athletes is valid until 30 September 2017. The international entry fee of R3300,00 is applicable to all entrants outside of the African continent. Entry is free to all runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more.

Runners can enter as follows:
• online via the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com;
• by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office: P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
• by handing in their completed entry form together with payment at Comrades House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.

Qualifying for the 2018 Comrades Marathon is applicable as of 27 August 2017 until 2 May 2018. Runners are advised that the 2017 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race. Instead, the qualifying criteria for next year’s Comrades Marathon will be to complete a standard 42.2km marathon in under 5 hours.

CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher says, “We urge our runners to run for a worthy charitable cause and sign up for the CMA’s very own charity running initiative, Race4Charity.”

Fisher adds, “Nobody knows the power of giving better than the Comrades runner. Through the generosity of our athletes, the Comrades Marathon has greatly benefitted social and environmental causes across South Africa to the tune of R30-million over the past ten years, via our charitable endeavours.”

The six official Comrades Amabeadibeadi Charities are:
• Childhood Cancer Foundation SA (CHOC),
• Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT),
• Hospice South Africa (HPCSA),
• Community Chest of Pietermaritzburg and Durban,
• Wildlands Conservation Trust
• World Vision SA
See www.comrades.com for more information.

Comrades 2017 puts Runners First

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In line with its Runners First initiative, the Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has prioritized its customer service to its runners and taken steps to improve the overall Comrades experience for the athlete.

Via the ground-breaking initiative, the CMA will foster greater involvement with the running clubs as it realizes that clubs are pivotal to the sport of road-running.

The running clubs will be granted access to the entry system in order to verify their runners’ details. This procedure will ensure data accuracy and integrity. This also has a direct positive impact for a smooth race registration process.
Among the fresh new elements for next year’s 92nd Comrades Marathon, the CMA has confirmed that participants will finish their up-run at the Scottsville Racecourse.
In other developments, the CMA will no longer offer Hot Spot prizes. 2017 will see the introduction of an Elite Team Prize with R32,000 awarded to both the Men’s and Women’s winning teams. The Gunga Din Team Trophy will revert to being awarded to the amateur and recreational clubs.

The 2017 Substitution Process will also see an overhaul. Having been added to the Comrades Marathon race rules in 2012, the Substitution Process will now be extended by an additional week and run from 14 March until 14 April 2017.
CMA Race Director Rowyn James says, “We have some exciting plans in place to ensure a successful and memorable 2017 Comrades Marathon for both our runners and supporters on race day, Sunday – 4 June 2017.”
The entry barometer currently stands at over 7000. The three-month long entry process will close on 30 November 2016 or as soon as the entry cap of 20,000 has been reached.

For details on how to enter, please visit the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com

Launch of 2017 Comrades Marathon

Comrades 2016 finish

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The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) launched its 2017 Comrades Marathon campaign in Johannesburg today (Thursday, 18 August 2016). The event attracted the attendance of members of the media, road-running dignitaries, stakeholders, the nation’s top runners, sporting personalities and 2016 Comrades Marathon champions David Gatebe and Charne Bosman.
CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher unveiled the 2017 campaign saying, ‘Last year’s campaign ‘Izokuthoba – It Will Humble You’ was a great success. This year we wanted to come up with a campaign that described the inclusive nature of the biggest and oldest ultra-marathon in the world.’
Fisher adds, ‘A very definitive feature of our race is that it takes not only the commitment and dedication of thousands of people to stage the race, it also demands an enormous amount of discipline and determination from our runners. We debated long and hard and eventually came up with a phrase with a double meaning: ‘It Takes All of You – Zinikele’.’
The 92nd Comrades Marathon will be an up-run on Sunday, 4 June 2017. The race starts at the Durban City Hall at 05h30 and ends 12 hours later at the Scottsville Race Course in Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of approximately 90km.
The opening date for entries is 1 September 2016. The entry period closes on 30 November 2016 or as soon as the entry cap of 20,000 has been reached. Prospective entrants are encouraged to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment.

Entry fees for the 2017 Comrades Marathon are as follows:
• Local Entries : R 460.00
• Rest of Africa : R 770.00
• International : R2650.00

South African runners will be eligible for the ‘early bird’ entry fee of R420 if their entry is received before 30 September 2016. The regular South African entry fee of R460 will kick in on 1 October 2016 until the entry process closes.

Entry is free to all runners who have completed the Comrades Marathon 25 times or more.

Runners can enter as follows:
• online via the Comrades Marathon website: www.comrades.com;
• by posting their completed entry form with proof of payment to the CMA Office in Pietermaritzburg:
P.O. Box 100621, Scottsville, 3209;
• by handing in their completed entry form together with payment at Comrades House, 18 Connaught Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg.

Qualifying for the 2017 Comrades Marathon will be applicable from 27 August 2016 till 1 May 2017. Runners are advised that the 2016 Comrades Marathon will not be an automatic qualifier for next year’s race.

CMA Race Director, Rowyn James says, ‘We have amazing plans in place to ensure a great race day come Sunday, 4 June 2017. We urge our runners to enter early and take advantage of our Early Bird Entry Fee, specifically for South African runners.’

CMA Chairperson, Macdonald Chitja says: ‘We are excited to unveil our 2017 Comrades Marathon campaign here today. Comrades Marathon runners are a unique band of individuals who will attest to the demanding nature of this ultimate human race. We welcome all of our runners, supporters and stakeholders to share in the indomitable Comrades spirit of camaraderie and goodwill on race day on Sunday, 4 June 2017.’

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Central Comrades finishers 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Central Athletics Comrades finishers.

Joffe and Yusri

Ganief and Ashraf Comrades Finish 2016

Reyaanah finishing Comrades

We had 34 starters and 33 finishers. Well done!

21769 Youssef Kanouni South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 8:26:11 1488 509

22730 Refai Ryklief South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 9:10:41 2842 1068
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34419 Soliegh Gabriel South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 9:48:38 4009 2016

42714 Sulaiman Jakoet South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 9:52:44 4224 2103

29269 Salie Adams South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 10:14:44 5038 1971

57044 Ebrahima Darius South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M50 10:20:13 5273 635

17860 Tasneem Salie South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km FOPEN 10:23:54 856 423

37113 Yaseen Rhode South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 10:27:47 5656 2633

29293 Yusri Williams South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 10:27:47 5657 2634

10934 Mujhahid Dickson South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 10:37:36 6121 2819

49483 Adnaan Mohamed South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 10:42:57 6366 2462

30055 Mogamat Rashaad Baboo South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 10:44:34 6468 2497

31714 Shehaam Fakier South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km FOPEN 10:45:07 1197 570

24723 Zulpha Nabee South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km FOPEN 10:52:40 1397 658

21963 Mohamed Rafiq Isaacs South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M50 10:52:41 7199 1019

33577 Redewaan Williams South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 10:54:14 7270 2792

21534 Sediqa Khatieb South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km FOPEN 10:57:52 1513 705

25328 Charles Syster South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 10:58:11 7667 2939

34364 Thabiet Jardien South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 10:58:21 7680 3466

55997 Ruwaydah Samodien South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km F50 11:14:31 1742 213

37458 Abdul-Aleem Gamza South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 11:21:59 8492 3254

34097 Mogamat Fagrie Creighton South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 11:22:00 8493 3728

31990 Ganief Elloker South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M50 11:26:21 8760 1377

34040 Ashraf Mallick South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 11:26:22 8761 3824

35415 Quaniet Jakoet South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 11:28:16

55256 Moegamat-Rifaed Sambo South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 11:38:55 9468 3627

34996 Soraya Salie South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km F40 11:51:01 2670 1075

31587 Anwar Ismail South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 11:51:01 10515 4486

27728 Reyanah Manuel South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km FOPEN 11:53:03 2788 1281

11215 Waheed Abrahams South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km M40 11:55:02 11037 4208

34424 Naashief Jattiem South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km MOPEN 11:57:57 11348 4809

55994 Soraya Elloker South Africa RSA Central Athletic Club Comrades 89,13 km F50 12:00:20

Central Athletics Programme for the week – Comrades Send-off and Family Day

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Dear members,

Congtratulations to all those who participated in the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN on Sunday. We once again had a massive turnout. The vibe and the spirit along the route was absolutely awesome.

We will be saying goodbye to our 37 Comrades runners as well as more than 30 supporters at our Comrades send-off and Family Braai Day on Sunday 22 May from 11:00 to 15:00 at Groote Schuur High School Vredenhof Clubhouse off Keurboom Road in Newlands

It will also serve as a meet and greet for all our new club members.

The club will provide meat, salads, hot and cold beverages and deserts free of charge to all members.

Guest speakers will be on hand to give advice on Comrades and share their experiences on the day.

A lucky draw prize will go to the braai master of the day.

Entertainment will be provided for the children.

All members and their families are most welcome to attend!
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Thursday 19 May – at 18:30 Run from Newlands Cricket Stadium – Beginners, intermediate and advanced +- 8kms easy

Friday 20 May – Rest and Recovery

Saturday 21 May – 5km Park Run at Rondebosch Common and Green Point Park at 08:00

Sunday 22 May – Voet of the Vine 10km Race through the beautiful Zevenwacht Wine Estate. start 07:30

The 10km is a WPA Coca Cola League Race –

We would like to urge all our runners to participate in this event because it counts for mass paricipation points for the club league system.

Licenced Athletes R40
Unlicenced Athletes R65
Licenced Juniors R25
Unlicenced Juniors R40
70 years+ Free
5km Fun Run R25

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Central Athletics Programme for the Week 3 May to 8 May 2016

Dear Members,

Well done to all members participating at the weekend races ie Cross Country League, UCT Memorial and Safari races. Its always great to see Central Members out in their numbers and enjoying a fun filled day out with the family whilst living a healthier lifestyle. PS – All Central Members are family too !

In 25 days time 36 Central Runners will embark on the Ultimate Human race. They’ve put in the effort and this past weekend most of them would have done their final long runs. Please diarise the following date Sunday 22 May 2016 , we will have a send off for Comrades runners at Barrons Estate (Barroness Hall) between 11am-3pm. We have planned a braai and will use their pool facilities, which caters for the kids so bring them along enjoy the afternoon around the pool (weather permitting). Further information on pricing and RSVP details to follow. We will also be celebrating the overwhelming success of our inaugural race so we urge all members to attend the function.

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Programme for the Week 3 May to 8 May 2016

Tuesday 3 May :

Evening run : Starting PROMPTLY at 6:30pm at Newlands Cricket Stadium. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Wednesday 4 May : Rest and Recovery (Optional – Gym strengthening and conditioning)

Option 2 : Time Trial, starting PROMPTLY at 6:00pm at Rondebosch Common. There are 2 options, the 2,5km and 5km trial. You must however register to receive a number in order to record your time. So please try and arrive 10min earlier. This will be additional training/conditioning in order to improve your race times.

Thursday 5 May :

Morning run : starting at Sniper in Kromboom Road at 04:30 sharp.Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Evening run : Starting PROMPTLY at 6:30pm at Newlands Cricket Stadium. Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced

Friday 6 May : Rest and Recovery (Optional – Gym strengthening and conditioning)

Saturday 7 May : Cross Country League 2

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Start Times : – between 11:00 and 15:30 with various starts for all categories and distances, perfect opportunity for kids to make that start with athletics and for adults to get into a some off road running. Distances vary from 1km to 10km in a looped course.
Starting at Silverstroom Beach Resort – Off West Coast Road (R27)

Optional – Starting at 8am – 5km Park Run at Rondebosch Common, Green Point Park, Constantia Green belt and many other venues. Please visit the website http://www.parkrun.co.za  to register and for more info.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 8 May : Slave Route

Slave Route Challenge : 5km Fun Run, 10km Big Walk, 10km Road Race and 21km Half Marathon

Start Times : – 07:30am(5km), 7:45am(10km big walk ), 07:15am(10km road race), 7:00am(21km)
Cost: – R30(5km), R40(10km) Licensed only (NO ENTRIES AVAILABLE FOR THE 21km)
Entries accepted on  the 5km Fun Run and 10km Road Race only at City Hall as follows :

6 May – 16:00pm to 20:00pm

7 May – 10:00am to 17:00pm

8 May – From 05:30am

Two Oceans and Comrades LSD

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As part of Two Oceans Ultra Marathon and Comrades Marathon training, Central Athletics will be hosting a 40km LSD on Saturday 5 March 2016.

The start will be at Pick ‘n Pay Lakeside parking area. We hope to do include three big hills – Ou Kaapse Weg , Chapmans Peak and Constantia Nek.

Start time is 5:45 am. Cost per runner R 30.

Refreshment stops will be available every 3km.

All those intending to join the run can contact Rafiq Isaacs on 0832745999 or Mujhahid Dickson via whatsapp on 0843000632

Comrades issues warning to potential cheats

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The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) has issued a powerful warning to potential cheats at this year’s Comrades Marathon. The 91st edition of the iconic race will be hosted on Sunday, 29 May 2016.

CMA General Manager, Chris Fisher has issued a cautionary notice to such runners. He says the issue has been brought to the CMA’s attention through allegations raised by a growing number of concerned runners.
Fisher says, ‘We had no option but to raise our concerns with KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA) who have agreed to partner with us in putting a stop to this unsportsmanlike conduct.’ Fisher has welcomed the joint initiative with KZNA. The two organisations will collaborate and make use of additional technologies to highlight irregularities.

Fisher says that race officials, marshals, volunteers and nearly twenty thousand runners will all be encouraged to be on the lookout to expose any cheats this year. He says, “We understand that this is a tough and demanding race that requires a lot of training and hard work. It is for this reason that the integrity of those runners who honourably complete the Comrades Marathon needs to be safeguarded.’ KZNA will also be deploying additional officials to the route.

Allegations against cheating runners stem from complaints from other athletes with some running clubs going as far as to supply the CMA with individuals’ names. Runners are requested to be on the lookout for those athletes who transgress the rules.
Such transgressions vary from not running the full route distance, running with another entrant’s race number, supplying false information eg: qualification race details as part of their entry or displaying other forms of unethical and unsportsmanlike conduct.
To this end, Fisher says that officials will also be on the lookout for the so-called ‘park and ride gang’ who drive part of the route and run the rest. “If you don’t cross all of the mats, we will want to know why.”

Fisher concludes, “This year, thanks to the tip-offs, we have some names which we will watch carefully. If we catch them and they are found guilty, we will name and shame them.” Furthermore, technical officials will once again be looking out for suspicious split times in uncovering cheating runners.

Finally, the CMA and KZNA reserve the right to request that the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) implement blood tests as opposed to urine tests, where deemed necessary.

Fisher believes the above measures to be in the best interest of both runners and the sport of ultra-marathon running.

Comrades Road show 2016

The 2016 Comrades Marathon roadshow programme has kicked off this week.

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Photo Comrades Coach Lindsey Parry addresses the Comrades Vereeniging roadshow

The first one in Cape Town will be held on Wednesday 10 February at 19H00 at K-Way VOB Running Club – Constantia Bowls Club, Main Road, Constantia Cape Town as well as Thursda y11 February at 19H00 at Atlantic Athletic Club – Hamiltons Rugby Club, 1 Stephan Way Green Point.

These informative sessions are geared at preparing runners for the 91st Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 29 May 2016.

The roadshow programme has grown in popularity over the years and has been hosted at various running clubs nationwide. CMA Marketing Manager, Thami Vilakazi says, “Through the Comrades Marathon roadshow, the CMA motivates runners to be a part of The Ultimate Human Race and prepares them to conquer the ultra-marathon on race day.”

Vilakazi adds, “The CMA understands that the Comrades Marathon is a tough race and many runners require more information on training methods and other know-how to prepare themselves for a good run. The roadshow is therefore a great help to many.”

The Comrades Marathon Coach as well as other experts in the field of running and motivation will be sharing truly valuable information with the runners at these sessions.

Entry is free and all runners are welcome to attend at any one of these venues countrywide: