Comrades Marathon: 5 Amazing Moments That Captured the True Spirit of the Ultimate Human Race

Comrades Marathon: 5 Amazing Moments That Captured the True Spirit of the Ultimate Human Race

Byron Pillay
  • The 2022 edition of the Comrades Marathon once again was a showcase of the true human spirit of the race
  • The Comrades Marathon saw some athletes crawl over the finishing line while one rolled over the line in a wheelchair
  • The start of the Comrades Marathon is always a spectacle to behold as tens of thousands of athletes take to the road

The Comrades Marathon may be done and dusted, but the memorable moments from the race live on.

The 2022 edition served up some tragedy, proposals, crazy outfits and hairstyles, and a lot of unbreakable spirit.

Sports Brief looks at five amazing moments of this year’s Ultimate Human Race.

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Jenna Challenor crawls over the finish line:

Jenna Challenor embodied the spirit of the Comrades when she finished fourth in the women’s race. Jenna looked like she was going to cruise to the gold medal, but her legs had other ideas.

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Twice Jenna fell when entering the stadium and while she got back to her feet the first time, her legs wouldn’t co-operate on the second occasion. In a true show of never give up spirit, Jenna crawled over the line as her emotional family watched on.

Amazing fan footage of the race:

Watching the race on TV is one thing, but being on the roadside, supporting the runners, is another. Brendan Cluley was roadside and captured amazing slow-mo footage of some of the athletes in action.

Brendan even got footage of the eventual winner, Tete Dijana, as he ran past. There’s something just more powerful about watching them run in slow motion.

Claudia Burrough completes Comrades in a wheelchair:

Running the Comrades Marathon is no easy feat, so imagine doing it in a wheelchair. Britain’s Claudia Burrough completed her first Ultimate Human Race in a time of 8:35:41.

Claudia regularly takes on endurance challenges and holds six Ultramarathon World Records in her wheelchair. Claudia admitted that she was still going to decide whether to do another one, but added that the thought of earning a back-to-back medal may be too enticing to resist.

The brutal stairs after the race:

As if running 90kms wasn’t brutal enough, athletes faced another challenge after completing the race. Videos have recently surfaced showing the stairs that runners had to climb in order to leave the stadium. Talk about brutal!

The crazy start:

The finish of the Comrades Marathon is always something everyone is glued to their TV screens for, but the start is equally impressive. This year 15 986 runners began their run at 5:30 am from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

Getting almost 16 000 runners going is no easy feat and those at the back of the pack only get to the starting line approximately 12 minutes after the race officially starts.

Comrades Marathon: Barry Holland completes 48th consecutive ultimate human race

Barry Holland is proving that running the Comrades is for everyone.

The 70-year-old athlete finished his 48th Comrades Marathon in a row in a time of 11:44:39.

Speaking after the race, Barry said that there were times he didn’t think he would make it as he was cramping very badly along the route. He also had blood and scrapes on his knee, evidence of a fall along the route.

Comrades Marathon runner asks 'Prudence' to marry him while finishing the race

The 2022 Comrades Marathon has proved to be a memorable one after a three-year-long hiatus.

One moment will stay long in the memory of those who were watching at the Moses Mabhida Stadium and at home.

Tuks Athletics Club's Joseph Kagiso Ndlovu asked a lucky lady called Prudence hopefully watching him on television to marry him as he approached the finish line.