Around 21 000 runners contended in the 93rd Comrades Marathon from Pietermaritzburg to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 10 June 2018. The 90 kilometres route was controlled through six cut-off points. Drummond, a little over 44 kilometres into the ultimate race is the halfway point.
Supporters watched in admiration as correctional official Richard Mavuso of Kgoši Mampuru II was the first to cross the halfway mark. He achieved the lead in two hours, 41 minutes. Mavuso (40) is a seasoned athlete and he crossed the finish line in 66th place – a truly impressive feat.
The support from race spectators who rallied behind the man in the green and white departmental vest gave Mavuso the zest to endure until the end. In him hope was renewed that amongst our own, great sporting talent exists. If properly nurtured, officials’ latent talents can produce athletes that can compete on international stage.
Linda Hlophe, an Emergency Support Team member of Kgoši Mampuru II has been a fervent runner and his athletic abilities have inspired many ardent runners. Hlophe has had a significant hand in coaching marathon runners in his training programme at the Kgoši Mampuru club in recent years. Amongst his group of medal takers was Area Commissioner of Kgoši Mampuru II Tlabo Thokolo who took his second Comrades medal in consecutive years home. Mocheta Monama, the acting Communications Coordinator of Gauteng region bagged his first medal after finishing the race ina little over ten hours.
Senior Correctional Official Vitalis Poli of Johannesburg proudly took home his 29th Comrades medal. Female participation has increased gradually in recent years. Altogether, 11 female officials earned proud Comrades finishes this year.
The department clocked 287 entries into the 2018 race but only 244 completed the gruelling downhill stretch.
Top DCS achievers
|Richard Motsamai Mavuso||Gauteng||6:27:29|
|Xolani Dan Cele||KwaZulu-Natal||7:35:13|
|Philemon Delani Zuma||KwaZulu-Natal||7:40:11|
|Nhlanhla Kein Magubane||Gauteng||8:01:54|
|Lubabalo Mtikitiki||Western Cape||8:09:28|
|Kosie Botha||Western Cape||8:18:55|
|Kgatitle Samson Maimela||Gauteng||8:20:51|
|Paulina Masi Sibiya||Gauteng||10:32:50|
|Ntombi Eve Mchunu||KwaZulu-Natal||10:52:18|
|Azwindini Phyllis Mudau||Gauteng||11:19:50|
|Gladness Winile Makhoba||Gauteng||11:44:48|
|Ntokozo Gladness Ntusi||KwaZulu-Natal||11:51:19|
|Madillo Joyce Selepe||Gauteng||11:57:20|