NWU athletes conquer Comrades
The sweat ran in streams, their legs were buckling under them and every grain of perseverance was stretched to the limit for 89 km. However, for 15 athletes from the North-West University (NWU) sweet reward awaited: being able to say “I completed the 2012 Comrades marathon.”
Messrs James Botha, Fanie Swanepoel, Cliff Wallace, Koos Degenaar, Henro Erasmus, Kaizer Phakathi, Willie Lubbe, Ockie de Kock, Werner Coetzee, Ettiene Pretorius, Stefan Pienaar, Jaco Barnard, Ms Hilde Kemp, Ms Erichia Nel, and Ms Rika Huyser were all able to drag their weary bodies over the finish line before cut-off.
If not for a pulled calf muscle, Mr Paul Harmse’s name would also have been on the list.
Jaco Barnard finished the route in the fastest time of 07:23:37.