TWO former Comrades Marathon champions are ready to go head-to-head to claim this year’s coveted prize. The Nedbank Running Club’s Ludwick Mamobola and Claude Moshiywa, winners of the 2012 and 2013 Comrades Marathons respectively have made their intentions clear ahead of Sunday’s race.
Ludwick Mamobola who won the previous down run in 2012 has had the perfect build up to this year’s Comrades Marathon.
“I didn’t do too many long runs but instead concentrated on shorter faster tempo runs and I also made sure that my speed is up to standard to repeat my win in 2012,” he said.
Ludwick ran a well-planned 21km three weeks ago where he clocked 72 minutes and we expect a top performance from him again.
Claude Moshiywa had a groin injury in the beginning of the year that kept him out of the Old Mutual Two Oceans marathon but since then he clocked a lot of trouble-free mileage in preparation for the Comrades.
Bongmusa Mthembu, runner up in the 2012 down run, is the danger man with the potential to upset everyone.
Mthembu had a very quiet build up, training in Lesotho at an altitude above 2500 meters above sea-level.
The Nedbank Running Club has a good chance to win the team competition with athletes like Mthandazo Qhina, Albert Mathidi, Elias Mabane, Sandile Ngunuza, Siyabonga Dingile and Eric Ngubane to back up the team.
Nedbank Running Club’s National woman’s line up is also very impressive with Charne Bosman and Caroline Wostmann at the forefront.
Bosman will be competing in her second Comrades Marathon and she is more than ready. She trained in Graskop on the tough undulating roads in Mpumalanga and is very confident for this year’s race and a repeat as first South African lady.
Caroline Wostman, who missed last year’s race as a result of a stress fracture learnt from her mistakes and we are predicting a top 10 finish for her.
The Nedbank Running Club is serious about its support for South African athletes and heroes. A huge amount of effort has been put into developing our youth and supporting them in all IAAF recognised distances. The three Nedbank development Clubs in Central North West, Soweto and Boland are leading the way with our development coaches and programmes.