Arthur F.H. Newton – Permanent Number 77

by Roxanne Thomas – curator Comrades Marathon Museum Arthur Francis Hamilton Newton was born on the 20th May 1883 in Weston-super-Mare, and was educated at Bedford School, England. In 1901, at the age of 18 he first made the journey to South Africa. He came with his older brother to serve as a teacher atContinue reading “Arthur F.H. Newton – Permanent Number 77”

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”

Comrades – a historic perspective – Part 3

Part 1 Part 2 The storm clouds gather In the 1970s storm clouds gathered rapidly after the false calm that seemed to characterise the previous decade. The policy of apartheid had reached its zenith and began to collapse under the weight of its own absurdities. In 1969 Premier John Vorster, mindful of the importance ofContinue reading “Comrades – a historic perspective – Part 3”

Comrades Training – for the Comrades finisher – July to December

With grateful thanks to the Late Don Oliver The winter period and beyond – covering July to December, is the time to lay a solid foundation for any serious Comrades training. That starts on January 1st every year. Now you are ready to embark on a solid 6-months programme of well-constructed training for next year’sContinue reading “Comrades Training – for the Comrades finisher – July to December”

Comrades Training – for the runner with moderate experience – July to December

With grateful thanks to the Late Don Oliver The winter period and beyond – covering July to December, is the time to lay a solid foundation for any serious Comrades training. That starts on January 1st every year. Now you are ready to embark on a solid 6-months programme of well-constructed training for next year’sContinue reading “Comrades Training – for the runner with moderate experience – July to December”

Training – beyond the marathon – your first Ultra

From the desk of the late Dave Spense – former Two Oceans Marathon Virtual Coach. In the Two Oceans 56 km ultra marathon programme the long run is the key ingredient. These runs are essential because they allow your body to adapt to the stresses of running the race distance. The actual covering of theContinue reading “Training – beyond the marathon – your first Ultra”

Comrades – A historic perspective – Part 2

Part 1 – They who had survived South African attitudes in the 1920’s   The modern Olympic Games were little more than a quarter of a century old in 1920. They too reflected prevailing attitudes founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin’s vision was of young people competing purely for the love of it, unsullied by moneyContinue reading “Comrades – A historic perspective – Part 2”

Comrades Marathon – A historic perspective

By David WilliamsOriginally published in Comrades Highlights and Heroes 1921 to 1999 The trouble with great traditions is that it’s very difficult to think your way back to the time when they began. When we look back at the Second World War, for instance, it somehow seems inevitable that the Allies would win. But itContinue reading “Comrades Marathon – A historic perspective”

The Down Run

– originally published in the Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road Race in South Africa  The first half of the ‘down’ is deceptive and many runners will be forgiven if they wonder if it is indeed a down run. The elevation from the Pietermaritzburg to Drummond section is slight. Both the start and the halfway pointContinue reading “The Down Run”