Comrades Marathon

Comrades Marathon : The Ultimate Human Race

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It is the world's largest and oldest ultramarathon race. It is a festival celebrating the triumph of human spirit over adversity. It has a camaraderie that enables ordinary mortals to overcome human fragility and perform beyond their wildest expectations. In the words of Comrades marvel Bruce Fordyce, this race 'can inspire ordinary people to do extraordinary things, and it brings out the best in all of us. This race has a power to transform, to inspire and to motivate unlike any other'. The official Comrades Marathon: The Ultimate Human Race begins in 1921 and chronologically describes every race in detail, up to 2010's commemorative 85th event. All the legends are here, in their full Comrades glory and human frailty: Arthur Newton, Hardy Ballington, Wally Hayward, Jackie Mekler, Alan Robb, Frith van der Merwe, Bruce Fordyce, and others. But there is also deeply affectionate and admiring coverage of the backmarkers, the ones often called 'the real Comrades runners' - those 'ordinary people' behind the front-runners.
This meticulously researched account will certainly inspire all types of athletes, but more than that, it will evoke a sense of wonder at what body and mind can achieve in pursuit of extreme challenge. The heartbreaking and heart-stopping moments are documented alongside the countless successes and triumphs, as well as a rich collection of humourous and quirky anecdotes from Comrades lore. An updated history of the Comrades Marathon is long overdue, and author John Cameron-Dow is uniquely qualified to write about this remarkable athletic event: he holds a prized green number - mark of a ten-time Comrades medallist.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Penguin Books (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • The Penguin Group (SA) (Pty) Ltd
  • Parklands, South Africa
  • 0143528637
  • 9780143528630

About John Cameron-Dow

John Cameron-Dow is the successful author of several books, most notably The Two Oceans Marathon Story - in which he brilliantly wove together the history of the race with that of the city of Cape Town and of South Africa - and Bruce Fordyce: Comrades King - Fordyce's biography. He is a Comrades green number holder (3155) and a battling one at that, having fought a crippling knee injury to finally complete his 10th run. In total, he has completed 56 marathons, and still refers to his first Comrades (which he ran in 1984) as a life-changing experience - and a head-over-heels case of 'love at first fright'!
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