Pietermaritzburg - Former champion Caroline Wöstmann will not be
participating in this year’s Comrades Marathon.
Following discussions with her
coach and the KPMG Running Club, a collective decision was taken for her to withdraw due to her current
fitness levels and consideration of her future running career and aspirations.
understand that her withdrawal is a loss for the 2018 Comrades Marathon and
Caroline’s large number of loyal supporters. This was a very tough and
emotional decision, but we all believe it was the right one for the athlete at
this point in time," the club said in a statement.
"As a previous
winner of both the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons, Caroline was doing
everything in her power to properly prepare for this race she so dearly loves.
The KPMG Running Club will continue to support Caroline on her journey back to
This is the club’s second big name withdrawal from the 2018 Comrades
marathon after Jenna Challenor had to pull out due to a stress fracture.