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Legend of the Riddler

Legend of the Riddler

13 September 2017 - In his competitive days, Alec Riddle was known as the Riddler, whereas these days he is better known as the ‘Eye in the Sky,’ hovering above the leading runners at televised races to pr...
Keeper of the History

Keeper of the History

15 August 2017 - The current generation of South African track and field athletes is setting the world stage alight, but South African athletics has actually been blessed with many great athletes and achievements t...
Speed Coach

Speed Coach

27 July 2017 - As one of the leading athletics coaches in South Africa, Hennie Kriel is one of the main contributors to the current resurgence in South African sprinting. – BY REGGIE HUFKIE After years...
Going for a Walk

Going for a Walk

19 April 2017 - With nearly 50 years of race walking experience behind him, both as a record-breaking athlete and as a highly successful coach of multiple Olympians, SA Champs and SA Record-holders, Carl Meyer is ...
Inspirational 'Ouma' Annatjie

Inspirational 'Ouma' Annatjie

10 September 2016 - Proudly wearing her Great Grandmaster age category tags, 74-year-old Annatjie Berntzen of Cape Town lines up most weekends in a race, including trail runs, has a good chat with countless running fr...
Chasing the Golden Dream

Chasing the Golden Dream

13 August 2016 - In life we are taught to lead by example, and Dana Coetzee does just that. The current KPMG Running Club National Manager completed 20 Comrades Marathons, 15 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathons and 25 ...
Chasing the Golden Dream

Chasing the Golden Dream

12 August 2016 - In life we are taught to lead by example, and Dana Coetzee does just that. The current KPMG Running Club National Manager completed 20 Comrades Marathons, 15 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathons and 25 ...
The Quiet Champ

The Quiet Champ

14 July 2016 - He may still have been able to fly under the proverbial radar before the 2016 Comrades Marathon, but newly crowned Comrades champion and Down Run record holder David Gatebe’s life will never ...
Steady Eddie

Steady Eddie

14 June 2016 - Though some think he is not exactly ‘built for running,’ former Springbok prop forward Eddie Andrews is loving his running and starting to build a collection of race medals. – BY ...
Just One More

Just One More

18 May 2016 - At this year’s Comrades Marathon, Peter McCann plans to complete his 20th Comrades, and then he will finally listen to his doctor and hang up his long distance running shoes, but he says he&r...
Ageless Walker

Ageless Walker

04 May 2016 - Cecily Rootenberg is not your average 90-year-old… In fact, she is still putting in race walking performances that many a younger athlete would be proud of, and it’s her passion f...
From Gardening to Olympics

From Gardening to Olympics

17 March 2016 - Thulani Sibisi lined up for the 1986 Two Oceans Marathon knowing he had to win the 56km ultra, or else he would have to pay back a lot of money... but he did win, and that opened many new doors for...
The Key to Success

The Key to Success

03 December 2015 - With his thick curly grey hair, 77-year-old Brian Key of Western Province cut a distinctive figure as he came home first male Great Grandmaster in 3:28 at the SA Marathon Champs in Mossel Bay on 26...
Long Run Specialist

Long Run Specialist

06 November 2015 - He has 38 consecutive Comrades finishes to his name as well as 29 Two Oceans medals, making him one of the most ‘decorated’ ultra runners in South Africa, and he is also a former SA 50k...
Still Cruising...

Still Cruising...

06 October 2015 - You’ll find Marianne Nelson happily bounding along in trail running events, defying not only her age, but also the gloomy original prognosis of her doctors, who said in 1999 that she should w...
Breaking Two

Breaking Two

08 July 2015 - At the age of 24, Rustenburg-born athlete Ilze Wicksell became the first woman from Africa to duck under two minutes in the 800m in 1983. In the same year, she also grabbed the 1000m national recor...
Derek's Double Double

Derek's Double Double

13 May 2015 - Only two athletes have ever won both of South Africa’s premier ultra-marathons in the same year. The one was Frith van der Merwe in 1989, the other was Derek Preiss, the man from Durban who m...
She Showed Them

She Showed Them

23 January 2015 - Growing up in the 8In 1996 the South African athletic authorities selected a team to run in SA colours in the Comrades Marathon, to take on the growing contingent of international entrants, but one at...
Unbroken Blitz

Unbroken Blitz

12 November 2014 - She dominated South African sprinting throughout the 80s, running world class times, winning national title after national title, and her SA records for 100m and 200m remain standing after more than t...
Titus the Titan

Titus the Titan

16 October 2014 - In April 1974, a 32-year-old Titus Mamabolo from GaMolepo in Limpopo became the first black athlete to win an ‘open’ national title in Apartheid-era South Africa when he won t...
Master Sportsman

Master Sportsman

04 September 2014 -  In 1974, when Lood Rabie ran 2:19:22 in his debut marathon at the Peninsula Marathon in Cape Town, he became only the fourth South African to break the 2:20 barrier. Ironically, he had only t...
Thumbs up for Graeme!

Thumbs up for Graeme!

26 May 2014 - In the early 80’s, Natal local Graeme Fraser clinched six gold medals in the Comrades Marathon while competing alongside big names like Bruce Fordyce, Alan Robb and Tony Abbott. Today, a...
First To Break Three

First To Break Three

29 April 2014 - This year marked the 35th anniversary of the first sub-three-hour marathon by a woman in Africa – run by then 22-year-old South African Clare Davie. In the span of just over a year, Clare sla...
Life begins at 70!

Life begins at 70!

01 April 2014 - Running 100 marathons is a lifetime goal for many runners, but few set themselves a goal of 100 in a decade, let alone 100 after they turn 70… but that is exactly what Derry Devine rec...
One Lap Wonder

One Lap Wonder

28 February 2014 - Sprinter Justine Palframan holds two SA records for the 400m and has been representing South Africa on the world stage since 2009, including the World Champs in Moscow last year, so keep an eye out...
Master Act

Master Act

30 January 2014 - In 2000 the unheralded Belarus Vladimir Kotov, aged 42, took the South African ultra-marathon scene by storm as he claimed second in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, then won the Comrades Marath...
Linford Lionheart

Linford Lionheart

30 January 2014 - In 1993, Linford became the first man to hold the Olympic, World, Commonwealth and European 100m titles at the same time, and in 1994, the Jamaican-born sprinter successfully defended his European ...
38 Voyages… and Still Cruising

38 Voyages… and Still Cruising

06 January 2014 - It was in 1971, while studying Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town, that Tony joined the UCT cross-country club and heard about the legendary Comrades Marathon, which he decided to run ...
 Legend of the Liquorice Man

Legend of the Liquorice Man

06 January 2014 - The crowd in Durban couldn’t believe their eyes, nor could the millions watching on TV. Charl Mattheus had just won the Comrades in 5:28:37 and the top 20 men were in, now everybody was waitin...
Flash of the track

Flash of the track

01 December 2013 - When Geraldine was picked for the SA Team for the first time in 2003, to participate at the IAAF Track & Field World Champs in Paris, France, she got a tattoo of a Springbok emblem on her rig...