PHOTOS: Runners do virtual Comrades for South Coast Hospice

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A host of local runners supporting South Coast Hospice converged at the Uvongo pier to participate in the virtual Race The Comrades Legends on Sunday.

Runners who had entered the 2020 Comrades prior to it being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic were able to register for free and choose to run a distance of 5km, 10km, 21km, 42km or the full 90km.

They then had to record and submit their time to the organisers to compare against legends of the Comrades – the likes of Wally Hayward, Vic Clapham and Bruce Fordyce to name a few.

The event was a runaway success with a total of 43788 entrants from 103 participating nations.

“I managed to resurrect a few ‘old Comrades’ from South Coast Striders and some current runners to come and take part in this virtual race in order to get a special Race The Comrades Legends medal with a certificate,” said South Coast Hospice fundraiser, BT King.

Among the “oldies” King assembled were Darryl King (21 Comrades), Lexley Lewis (7), Dave Halle (14), Corrine Parsons (1), Debbie Sparg (3), Dave Boyd (12), AJ Harris (13), Lee Mastenbroek (2), Karen Preston (4) and Karin Warman (10) while current athletes included Iron lady competitor Mignon Klusener (4) and Brian McCarthy (10).

“We had a good representation of walkers and two entrants in wheelchairs as well. Brian and Mignon were the only brave ones to tackle more than 5km.

“We also had a few casual walkers who came to join in the fun and share a beautiful day along the Lillicrona Boulevard. Everyone did their own speed and times at their leisure.

“We were able to encourage all the other participants who were doing their own race against the Comrades legends.

“Some serious runners from recognised running clubs were present and it was good to see how many different species of dogs were also on leashes taking their owners for a walk.

“Well done to everyone who participated,” said King.

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