Comrades among us

June 25, 2015

Alice da Silva and Richard Chibase both from the EPG department recently completed one of South Africa’s most revered races, the Comrades Marathon. This year’s race was an ‘up’ run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, covering a distance of more than 87 kilometres.

So, what is it like to take part in the Comrades Marathon?

Richard: “Well Comrades is an ultra like no other… you go through a wave of feelings, the GOOD the BAD and the UGLY. The BAD is a couple of km’s from the start when you ask yourself what on earth where you thinking, the UGLY is around 60-70km’s when pain gets unbearable and everything in you tells you to stop and the GOOD is when you get to the stadium, hear the excitement and cross the finish line. All in all it’s a humbling experience” shared Richard.

Alice: “It was an adventure. It was very rewarding to be able to finally put my training to the test. It was long, hot and tiring, but the feeling of arriving in the stadium which I had watched on TV every year was the highlight, and then having the medal put over my head!”

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