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PLAINS SAILING

Resident roadie Steve Way went to South Africa to run the historic Comrades Marathon (which isn’t a marathon at all)

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For starters, ignore the name. It’s not a marathon. With the distance varying between 87 and 89K, it’s a point-to-point road race swapping direction each year between Durban and Pietermaritzburg. This means it alternates between being an uphill and downhill race with a net elevation difference of over 2,500ft and plenty of bumps in-between. What makes Comrades really special is the size of the field, with 20,000 people each year taking on the challenge. Significantly more than your average ultramarathon!

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