Comrades Marathon: 4 Mamelodi Sundowns Team Members Conquer World’s Oldest Ultramarathon

Comrades Marathon: 4 Mamelodi Sundowns Team Members Conquer World’s Oldest Ultramarathon

Byron Pillay
June 10, 2024 at 2:21 PM
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  • The 97th edition of the world's oldest ultramarathon, the Comrades Marathon, was run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg
  • Four members of Mamelodi Sundowns' technical team were part of the over 20,000 who competed in the ultimate human race
  • Sundowns' Physiotherapist Godfrey Sepuru recently spoke about the significance of the marathon and how it helped save his career

The Comrades Marathon is billed as the Ultimate Human Race, and the annual event attracts people worldwide.

It’s not just professional athletes who test themselves in the approximately 86-kilometre ultramarathon, but people from all walks of life.

Mamelodi Sundowns' technical team members were among the numerous entrants in this year's Comrades Marathon.
Mamelodi Sundowns' Performance Analyst Dayle Solomon finished the Comrades Marathon ahead of his three technical team compatriots. Image: @dayle4solomon.
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As noted by FARPost, four members of Mamelodi Sundowns’s technical team were among the over 20,000 competitors in this year’s event.

Known as the world’s oldest ultra-marathon, this year’s event was run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg, and the Masandawana foursome all made it to the finish line before the 12-hour cut-off time.

Who were Sundowns’ Comrades athletes?

Dayle Solomon

Solomon serves as the team’s Performance Analyst and has been with the club since 2020.

Solomon was the first of the group to finish, crossing the line at 10:15:43.

It was his third Comrades Marathon event.

Godfrey Sepuru

Currently, the team’s Physiotherapist, Sepuru, has been with the side for quite a while.

Like Solomon, the event was also his third race, but he left it late to finish.

Sepuru finished in a time of 11:57:16, just before the 12-hour cut-off.

Paul Maphoto

Maphoto currently serves as the DStv Premiership champion’s Team Doctor and has been with the side for over five years.

The 2024 edition of the tournament was his fifth finish, and he completed it in a time of 11:43:44.

Carl Tabane

A team member since 2013, Tabane is currently the Head of Medical at the club.

Tabane has also completed the most marathons of the lot, finishing his seventh this year.

He finished in a time of 10:37:58.

Sepuru hails the importance of Comrades Marathon

Many enter the race for different reasons.

Some are eager to take home the coveted title, others use it to raise funds, and some just want to complete it to prove they can do it.

All agree that it’s a unique experience, and before this year’s event, Sepuru even described how it saved his career.

5 amazing moments from Comrades Marathon

The Comrades Marathon is known for being the ultimate human race for a reason.

The ultramarathon attracts people from all walks of life and from across the world.

This leads to some amazing moments, and Sports Brief looks at five from the 2022 edition.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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