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Comrades Marathon looking back over a century

Comrades – a historic perspective – Part 5

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part4 United in challenge and confrontation At a deeper level, the message of the Comrades to South Africa was clear; men and women running together, helping one another, honouring one another’s efforts, all united in challenging the race and confronting themselves. The blanket TV coverage of the Comrades experience in theContinue reading “Comrades – a historic perspective – Part 5”

Comrades – a historic perspective – Part 4

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Rise in public interest Interest in the race continued to rise, at least in part because top South African distance athletes now had so few opportunities to compete abroad. The government had tried to compensate for growing isolation by holding events such as the South African Games, but these essentiallyContinue reading “Comrades – a historic perspective – Part 4”

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