Cape Town - Nedbank
Running Club athlete Gerda Steyn has declared her intention to take the title
at the 94th Comrades Marathon between Durban and
Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, June 9.
narrowly missing the record in last month’s Two Oceans Marathon, Steyn has
enjoyed a trouble-free training camp in the mountains of France, together with third place finisher from last year, Steve Way, and Anthony Clark, both
running this year’s race in the colours of Nedbank Running Club.
of people asked me if I am disappointed at just missing the record in Two
Oceans,” laughed Steyn.
“Looking back at it now it was a little bit sad to be
so close but even with 8km to go, I told myself to save the legs because
Comrades is my main focus of the year and I didn’t want to do too much damage.”
It’s a decision that Steyn hopes will pay dividends in this year’s event.
year’s winner Ann Ashworth comes into this race much faster than before, but it
is the Up-run defending champion, Nedbank Running Club’s Camille Herron, who is
hoping to defend her title.
A strong athlete with multiple world records,
Herron is well known for her awkward running style that took her to victory in
Teaming up with her club mate Steyn, the two make a dangerous
Throw in stalwart Fikile Mbuthuma and OMTOM gold medalist
Ntombesintu Mfunzi who will be one to watch on her Comrades debut, the ‘Green
Dream Team’ ladies will be a force on the route.
to Nedbank’s Comrades debuts this year is Poland's Dominika Stelmach who had an unfortunate injury that forced her out of starting last
After her fourth-place finish at this year’s Two Oceans, Stelmach
is hungry to make an impression.
Also making a debut will be four-time World
Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington. The 42-year-old English athlete ran
2 hours 51 minutes in this year’s London Marathon to qualify for Comrades which
puts her in with a chance of a top 10 finish.
Carla Molinaro who represented
Great Britain last year in the World 100km championships, but now has South
African citizenship, will be another athlete looking for a top 10 finish after
finishing ninth last year.
African Deanne Horn is a newcomer in the ultra-marathon scene. She finished 42nd
in her debut in 2017 and finished 15th last year and has represented
South Africa in the World 100km championships. Together with team-mates Steyn,
Mfunzi, Molinaro and Mbuthuma, the Nedbank ladies will be looking to
take the team prize in this year’s race.
look forward to seeing our athlete’s takeover at Comrades. They’ve worked very
hard this year and after Gerda’s beautiful finish at OMTOM, we know to expect
an explosive finish at this year’s race," said Nedbank Sponsorship Manager
host of experienced athletes and newcomers, the ladies Green Dream Team will be
supported by a formidable men’s team as well as 900 other club members who will
be out to put their best foot forward at Comrades 2019.