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”

The Up Run

– originally published in the Nedbank Runners’ Guide to Road Race in South Africa  A detailed description for the Comrades Marathon route is not easy. Annually, there are many minor modifications as a result of road works, traffic congestion and changes in finish venue. The main features of the Comrades route are the dramatic physicalContinue reading “The Up Run”

Landmarks on the Comrades Marathon route

The land marks are presented in order, as you would find them on the up-run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg. Durban – Archaeological evidence suggests that the Durban area had been inhabited by communities of hunter-gatherers as early as 100,000 BC. Mainly oral history has been passed down from early generations, with no written history ofContinue reading “Landmarks on the Comrades Marathon route”