89th Comrades Marathon 2014

The 2014 Comrades Marathon was the 89th Edition of the Comrades Marathon. The Comrades Marathon is an approximately 90 km ultra-marathon run in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa between the City of Durban and the City of Pietermaritzburg.

Date June 01, 2014
Edition 89th
Location KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
From Pietermaritzburg
To Durban
Broadcaster SABC 2
Entries 18000
Event Type Road
Distance Approximately 90 km
Established 1921

2014 Men’s Winner

Men Bongumusa Mthembu
Nationality South Africa
Time 5:28:34

2014 Women’s Winner

Women Eleanor Greenwood
Nationality Great Britain
Time 6:18:15

The 2014 Comrades Marathon was a “down run”, it began in the KwaZulu-Natal capital, the City of Pietermaritzburg to the City of Durban.

The race began at 05:30 am  on June 1, 2014 at City Hall in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The runners were headed for Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in the coastal city of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The 89th edition featured previous winners Stephen Muzhingi, Ludwick Mamabolo and 8 times winner Elena Nurgalieva along with her identical twin sister and former double champion Olesya Nurgalieva.

In the end it was the man who hails from the province of KwaZulu-Natal who wrote his name in history when he secured his first Comrades Marathon title.

Bongumusa Mthembu, who finished second in the 87th Edition of the Comrades Marathon, returned for another down run.

This time around, he went one better than his previous down run when he came in first, nearly 5 minutes ahead of 2012 winner Ludwick Mamabolo.

Mthembu successfully finished number in Five hours, 28 minutes and 34 seconds.

He took the lead from around Cowies Hill, about 17km before the Kingsmead Stadium in Durban where the race finished, and maintained the lead until the finish line.

In the women’s category, which has been dominated by the Athletes from Eastern Europe for the past 11 years,  Eleanor Greenwood successfully broke the deadlock.

Greenwood was nearly 8 minutes behind 8 times winner Elena Nurgalieva with just over 18 kilometers to go staged a comeback, taking advantage of fatigue that was clearly setting in on Elena Nurgalieva.

Greenwood surged pass Elena Nurgalieva and remained ahead for the rest of the race.

She came in at number 1 in the women’s category in a time of six hours, 18 minutes and 15 seconds, approximately 5 minutes ahead of Elena Nurgalieva who came in second and approximately 6 minutes ahead of Olesya Nurgalieva who came in 3rd in a time of six hours, 24 minutes and 51 seconds.

89th Comrades Marathon, 2014, Men’s Top 10

Position Runner Country Time
1. Bongumusa Mthembu South Africa 5:28:34
2. Ludwick Mamabolo South Africa 5:33:14
3. Gift Kelehe South Africa 5:34:39
4. Stephen Muzhingi Zimbabwe 5:35:18
5. Rufus Photo South Africa 5:35:30
6. Mncedisi Mkhize South Africa 5:36:06
7. Jonas Buud Sweden 5:38:17
8. Manoko William Mokwalakwala South Africa 5:39:29
9. Prodigal Khumalo Zimbabwe 5:39:36
10. Latudi Makofane South Africa 5:40:41

89th Comrades Marathon, 2014, Women’s Top 10

Position Runner Country Time
1. Eleanor Greenwood Great Britain 6:18:15
2. Elena Nurgalieva Russia 6:23:19
3. Olesya Nurgalieva Russia 6:24:51
4. Irina Antropova South Africa 6:43:44
5. Camille Herron United States 6:47:02
6. Jo Meek Great Britain 6:51:44
7. Caroline Wostmann South Africa 6:55:55
8. Frida Sodermark Sweden 6:57:34
9. Zola Budd Pieterse South Africa 7:00:47
10. Martinique Potgieter South Africa 7:02:50



Other Incidents

A car accident was caught on tape along the Comrades Marathon route.

A Nissan Tiida traveling on the parallel side of the highway on which the marathon was taking place, the side which was open to motor vehicles, appeared in front of the camera almost sliding on its side before hitting the barriers on the highway island and landing on it’s wheels.

After a few seconds later, the passengers emerged from the vehicle looking shocked and confused.