DUT Student finishes Comrades!

The Durban University of Technology was represented at the 2019 Comrades marathon by a third year Jewelry Design student.

Skhumbuza Hlongwa took part as number 734 at the yearly Comrades marathon yesterday, completing the 86,83km race in seven hours, 42 minutes and 38 seconds in the Men Open category as start group A.

Skhumbuzo’s race record

Hlongwa says this was his third time racing with his first race being in 2017.

“I started my training in 2015 for my first race, I read somewhere that if you want to train for a successful Comrades marathon race it should take you 2 years,” he said.

Taking part in this big race has always been he’s dream as a child when he was still doing cross country at his primary school in his hometown Portshepston.

He’s always been good a good runner and claims that’s when his passion for running was nurtured and inspired. After realising this passion it was followed by the desire of taking part in the Comrades marathon.

“I always watched it on TV and wondered how these people were able to run 90 km, until I got here in Durban where I met people who made me realise that it was possible, and they helped me achieve my dream,” he said.

Hlongwa says one of his inspiration was Mncedisi Mkhize who was a gold medallist from his neighbourhood who has always taken part in the marathon.

“He’s the person I’ve always looked up to and seeing him doing good in this marathon has inspired me a lot,” he adds.

Running has always been a form of distressing and relaxation and says it is rewarding for his body. Hlongwa says being able to complete the Comrades marathon is a dream come true.

Nonhlanhla Hlatshwayo

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