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Grahamstown locals prepare for Comrades

Date Released: Mon, 3 June 2013 11:00 +0200

A number of Grahamstown locals are among close to 18 000 athletes taking part in the Comrades Marathon on Sunday 2 June.

This year’s Comrades is an ‘Up’ run, starting in Durban. The total distance is 86.96km, ending in Pietermaritzburg.

Tomorrow is the 88th Comrades Marathon.

Sisa Camagu, running in the colours of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club – Eastern Province, is expected to be the first local runner home.

Sisa’s qualifying time of 2:47:20 sees him start in the A seeding group.

All athletes are grouped according to their qualifying times. Sisa qualified at the Heroes Marathon in Mthatha in December 2012.

This is Sisa’s second Comrades, after finishing last year’s ‘Down’ run. He clocked 7:49:20 for last year’s event.

“I’m good, and I’m aiming for a silver medal," Speaking to  Grocott’s Mail  from Durban on Saturday 1 June, Sisa said. 

To qualify for a silver athletes need to run the Comrades in under 7 hours 30 minutes.

The race starts at 5.30am and the cut-off time is 12 hours (5.30pm).

You can follow the progress of the Grahamstown athletes on the Grocott’s Mail Sport Facebook page .

Grahamstown runners in the 2013 Comrades:

Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club:

Sisa Camagu Richard Hall

Albany Road Runners:

Brian Bannatyne Colin Bennett Sean Eriksen Philippa Seymour Mario Hockly Bruce Ross

Rhodes University Athletics Club:

Eric Mapara Paul Schaerer

SAPS AC EP:

Aslam Syed Cassim

By Stephen Penney

READY, SET... Sisa Camagu, running in the colours of Run/Walk For Life Athletics Club – Eastern Province, is expected to be the first local runner home. Photo: Stephen Penney

Source: Grocott’s Mail

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