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The Comrades Ultra Marathon

21/06/2017

Two local Dumfries Running Club athletes, Margaret Gray and Richard McDougal, recently took part in the infamous Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa on June 4th.

The race is the world's largest and oldest ultra-marathon race covering a challenging 87km (56 miles) between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. On the day, the pair were faced with gruelling conditions; an extremely hilly course the total ascent of which was 1166m and temperatures which rose to 36C, leading some water stations to run out of water.

To complete the race, Margaret and Richard needed to reach 6 cut-off points in specified times. Unfortunately after running 57km in just over 8 hours, Margaret missed the 4th cut-off point by 3 minutes while Richard reached the 80km mile marker in 11 hours 13 minutes, missing the 6th and final cut off point also by 3 minutes. 

Although both were unsuccessful in completing the full race, both performed extremely well in the tough conditions and deserve a medal for even attempting such a huge challenge. There's always next year!! 

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