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Comrades Marathon

03/06/2012

On Sunday in South Africa, Jo Zakrzewski delivered a fantastic performance in the Comrades marathon to finish in 4th place and win one of the coveted gold medals. Craig Malcolmson also made the trip to complete his second Comrades and secure a medal for back to back runs…..

This year’s version, the 87th running of the world’s biggest Ultra marathon, was a down run. The term ‘down’ is a little misleading as there are still some 5,000ft of climb throughout the 89 kilometre race from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

Rudnick Mamabolo was the first South African since 2005 to win the Comrades Marathon when he crossed the finishing line in five hours, 31 minutes and three seconds whilst in the women's race it was a more familiar name on the winners trophy as Russian star Elena Nurgalieva notched up a record seventh victory and claimed her 10th gold medal as she won in her fastest down time yet, clocking six hours, seven minutes and 12 seconds. Former World 100K champion Ellie Greenwood, fourth in 2011, finished a minute and 12 seconds behind Nurgalieva, while third placed Marina Zhalybina (formerly Bitchkova), crossed the line in just short of six hours and 31 minutes.

 

Jo achieved a stunning result in finishing in 4th place. In a remarkable piece of pace judgement she ran her own race, not getting carried away with the occasion or getting involved with the early race pace of others, she went through the first time check in 12th place and gradually moved through the field as the race progressed. At half way, she had moved up to 8th place and was looking happy and relaxed. Whilst the two breakaway race leaders swapped the front spot, Jo continued to pick off her faster starting rivals until at the finish only the two leaders and the Russian athlete Zhalybina, another former 100K world champion, remained ahead.

 

Jo’s time of 6:33:41 was an incredible 40 minute improvement on her time from last year and she was understandably absolutely delighted to win one of the coveted gold medals which are only awarded to the top 10 finishers in the race.

 

A little further behind, Craig Malcolmson was also enjoying his second Comrades experience. Craig commented that of the two times he has ran the race he thought that the down was the harder as you only started descending after 60k, however he claimed that it was still a wonderful experience! Craig finished the race in 9:25:14 to earn himself a second bronze medal and in addition, a back to back medal for completing the race in consecutive years.

 

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