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ZITHANDE RUNNERS COMPLETE 110KM ROUTE, MAKE HISTORY

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MBABANE – Zithande Athletics Club members made history on Saturday, completing an unprecedented 110km run.  

It was part of the runners’ preparations for the eagerly awaited Comrades Marathon, the biggest ultra-marathon in the world. The Comrades Marathon is measured to be 89.9km but the locals covered an even longer distance, starting from Zakhele Sports Ground in Manzini to Lomahasha Border Post in the north-eastern point of the country. “It was history, running a distance we have not done before. Our aim is to challenge ourselves and train harder than the challenge of the 90km Comrades Marathon we are preparing for presents. This was mileage training. The body rewards you for effort given and with such training, we’ll overcome whatsoever comes our way,” said Zithande coach Nsizwa Thwala.

Thwala added that when one trains hard, not only he or she will be stronger but will also be hard to beat. “I would like to thank our members for making this a huge success as organising such training needs lots of resources. I’m also happy with the response on the training.” The other benefits of such training, according to Thwala, include moving outside the Mbabane/ Manzini corridor and going to rural areas to promote road running in all parts of the country. “The route was challenging as it was flat for most part of the training. Flat ground makes you work throughout by using the same style,” he said. Meanwhile, the Comrades Marathon will be staged on June 10 in South Africa’s Kwazulu-Natal Province.

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