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Collen Makaza – Comrades 2014

by on June 4, 2014

Collen in the colours of Toyota AC, Nike SWA has not run Comrades Marathon in a serious way in the past. in September 2013 Collen won the Legends 68km Ultra Marathon beating the likes of Bongmusa Mthembu and Ludwick Mamabolo on the day and Since he had a quiet Two Oceans 2014 we decided to give Comrades a go and test where he is in terms of this distance.

 

In 2009 Collen did the “Rabbit Run” at Comrades passing the half way mark in 2H34 which is super fast. He went on to Win the IAU World 50km Title in 2010 and followed this up with a 3rd at Two Oceans 2012 and 4th in 2013. A phenomenal athlete who is now at a Cross roads in his career, with altering his focus from 42.2km and 50km races to claiming the Ultimate Human Race title.

 

Collen ran a good race at Comrades for the first half and then started getting a niggle under the right knee. I asked him at Hillcrest if he wanted to “Bail” and he said NO as he wanted to finish as strong as he can and that we would manage the niggle. This so he can learn what it takes to conquer the 89km distance in the future.

 

For most athlete wishing to win Comrades, its a case of learning each year, look at Bongmusa Mtthembu, Claude Moshiywa, Stephen Muzhingi – they all have built their way up to claiming the title. Ludwick Mamabolo is a different story as he has only ever run Gold Medals which is extremely rare.

 

I have high hopes for Collen and have no dioubt that he will be in the Golds in the very near future.

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