Gerda Steyn cruises to Comrades 2019 victory
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Gerda Steyn cruises to Comrades 2019 victory

KwaZulu-Natal is buzzing with Comrades Marathon fever today.

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Thousands of runners are on the road, tackling the gruelling route between Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

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The race got underway at the Durban City Hall this morning and ends at the Scottsville Racecourse in the province’s capital.

Edward Mothibi won the men’s race in a time of 5:31:33.

Bongmusa Mthembu finished second in 5:31:58.

However, it was the women’s race that caught the attention of many supporters today.

Gerda Steyn won the women’s race in a record-breaking time of 5:58:53. Steyn became the first woman to break six-hours on the ‘up run’.

She cruised across the finish line looking like she still had a few more kilometres in the tank.

She was the 17th runner overall to finish the race.

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Her maiden Comrades victory came on the back of her first-place finish in the Two Oceans Marathon earlier in the year

Due to the nature of the race, some roads are closed for long periods of the day. You can listen to the full road closures, here.

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