Runners set a competitive pace on their way to the finish line. (Image: Comrades Marathon) • Comrades Marathon Museum +27 33 897 8650 email@example.com www.comrades.com • 2011 Comrades draws big names • Living on in the Comrades spirit • South Africa’s toughest endurance challenges • Running is in her blood • The pain is soon forgotten • Sport in South AfricaLucille DavieSouth Africa is arguably the world’s toughest endurance race capital, where thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities turn up to compete in some of the most gruelling races on the planet.The numbers are astonishing: the Cape Argus Cycle Tour attracts 35 000 cyclists each year, to ride 109km through some of the peninsular’s most spectacular scenery. Some 20 000 runners sign up for the brutal Comrades Marathon every year, a running race of 90km between the cities of Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal. The Midmar Mile, which has a Guinness World Record, has 20 000 swimmers splash into the water outside Pietermaritzburg each year, to swim a mile, or 1.6km.Yet other races, like the 2 300km mountain bike Freedom Challenge and the 240km Berg River Canoe Marathon, attract a handful of elite extreme athletes, keen to pit themselves against the unforgiving elements and huge distances, and test their mental and physical ability to the limit.The Dusi Canoe Marathon, the Comrades Marathon, the Midmar Mile, the Cape Epic, the Freedom Challenge, the Berg River Canoe Marathon, and the Cape Argus Cycle Tour – all are tests of extreme ability and endurance, and attract men and women, and in some cases, children, of all abilities. And more and more international athletes are discovering the country’s top races.The Comrades MarathonThe Comrades Marathon, with the tagline “Hard is what makes it great”, has been going for 93 years. The first race was run in May 1921 and it has been run every year since then, except from 1941 to 1945, during World War 2. It started outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners, and ended in Durban, a run of some 90 kilometres along the back roads of the province. It alternates each year, one year up from Durban, the next down to Durban. The race is done in one day – in other words, it is just more than two marathons, run back to back, within a cut-off time of 12 hours.Despite its toughness, with some spirit-breaking hills, it attracts more than 20 000 runners, most of whom are South Africans. But in the past 15 years foreigners have discovered it, and have been taking the medals. In 2013, runners from almost 66 countries entered, with 1 400 foreign runners hitting the tar.Women were only allowed to run the race from 1965. South African Frith van der Merwe still holds the women’s record, winning in an astounding five hours, 54 minutes, and 43 seconds, in 1989. The Russian twins Elena and Olesya Nurgalieva have dominated the podium since 2003, taking first place. In the most recent Comrades, on 1 June 2014, British-born Canadian runner Eleanor Greenwood won the women’s race. Elena Nurgalieva came in second, followed by Olesya Nurgalieva in third place.In the men’s race, this year’s down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban was won by Bongmusa Mthembu, from the KwaZulu-Natal village of Bulwer, followed by Ludwick Mamabolo and Gift Kelehe – all three of them South Africans.Heroes allLike the Dusi, the Comrades has its hero – a lean Bruce Fordyce, who won the race for eight consecutive years, then missed a year but came back to take the title for a ninth time in 1990. A Russian, Leonid Shvetsov, raced the fastest time in 2007, in a remarkable five hours, 20 minutes, and 49 seconds.It’s a race that runners finish and swear they won’t do again, but such is its spirit and comradeship, they line up the next year to beat their personal barriers to cross the finish line again. Some 112 000 people have looked into their souls doing the race over its history.It was the dream of Vic Clapham, on his return from World War 1. “A soldier, a dreamer, who had campaigned in East Africa in that terrible war approached the League of Comrades of the Great War with a vision that would result in the world’s greatest ultra-marathon eighty years later,” explains the Comrades website.“He felt that if infantrymen, drafted into the armed forces from sedentary jobs, could endure forced marches over great distances, trained athletes could cover the distance between the two cities without great difficulty.”The league helped families torn apart by war, but also gave soldiers a place to rekindle the camaraderie shared on the battlefield. After he was turned down by the athletics bodies in Pietermaritzburg, Clapham approached the league, but it thought that the race would be “far too strenuous for even a trained athlete and turned his proposal down”.The first ultra-marathonUndaunted, he applied to the league again in 1919, and again in 1920. It was only in 1921 that he was given a loan of one pound, and made plans for the run. “Vic Clapham endured much from his critics, but in that year he forged ahead with his plans and under the doubtful watch from the League of Comrades of the Great War, founded the Comrades Marathon.”He announced the event through a letter in the local newspaper. He got donations for prizes, and told potential entrants to collect their entry forms from his home in Pietermaritzburg or from the office of the secretary of the league in Durban.“And so one of the great athletics events of our time was born on Empire day, May 24th 1921. The camaraderie had as its basis the memories of that terrible war three years previous. Traditions would grow and survive even into the present day,” records the website. And indeed, even today, runners famously stop and help struggling comrades along, particularly in the final kilometre into the stadium, sometimes sacrificing their own personal goals of crossing the line in a particular time.In 1923 the first woman, Frances Hayward, a typist from Durban, entered to run the race but her entry was refused. Undaunted, she arrived at the start in a green gymnasium costume and ran anyway. She finished 28th in a time of 11hours, 35 minutes, but her time was not recorded and she did not receive a medal. “Sadly being an unofficial entrant, she was not to enjoy the coveted Comrades Medal. Her fellow runners and spectators held a shilling collection to buy her a prize. A hundred pounds was collected with which a silver tea service and rose bowl were purchased and presented to her. That evening, after the race, she went to the theatre.”It took another 42 years before women were officially welcomed to run, in 1965, and now some 22 percent of the field is women.Determined runnersThe race has nurtured some amazing athletes. Arthur Newton, a 39-year-old farmer from Harding in KwaZulu-Natal, won the up race in 1922 in eight hours 40 minutes. He said after his win: “It came as a surprise to myself. I rather thought I could run into third or fourth place, but certainly I did not expect to win, and still less to cover the course in under nine hours, 15 minutes.” He modestly added: “It isn’t my fault I won. If Phillips and Rowan hadn’t cut such a terrific pace at the start they both would have finished in front of me, because they are better runners.”The next year he brought his time below seven hours by coming in at six hours and 56 minutes, surprising the officials, who thought it would be another hour before the winner would cross the line. Newton managed to bring his time down even further, and in 1925 he ran the race in six hours and 24 minutes. He was 42 at the time. But he left South Africa in 1925. “During 1925 Newton left South Africa in protest. Some of his farmlands were being expropriated at below market prices and the softly spoken, pipe smoking champion was lost to South Africa.”What makes this time more remarkable is that in the 1920s athletes were running in unsuitable shoes, often canvas, and there were no water stations along the route. They were told to get refreshments at hotels they passed.Another memorable runner was Wally Hayward. He won the race on his first attempt in 1930 at the age of 21. He went on to win again four more times, 20 years later, breaking the records for the up and down runs. Then in 1988, at the age of 79, he returned, beating half the field in the up run. His final run, at the age of 80, took place in 1989, when he staggered across the finish line with just under two minutes to spare. He is the oldest finisher of the Comrades Marathon. He died in 2006.Then there’s Dave Rogers. He did his first race at the age of 18, and at 71, entered to do his 46th race this year. He says he continues to do the race because of the “camaraderie amongst fellow runners during training and the race, and the satisfaction of having overcome the challenges that one always encounters during such endurance events”.His best time was five hours and 52 minutes, but these days he times his race to finish within 10 minutes or so of the cut off. As to how long he will continue doing the race, he says: “The older one gets the more uncertainty there is, so it is really in the hands of the good Lord, but it would be nice to dream that I could keep running for another decade or so.”He continues to run the race for the same reason as everyone who does it: “It keeps one fit, healthy and motivated, but the most important thing is that I enjoy it.”
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New Delhi: The Punjab National Bank (PNB), which is the anchor bank for a scheduled merger with the United Bank of India (UBI) and the Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC), has said that it does not see any erosion in asset quality after the merger and the best HR, process and products will be chosen for the consolidated entity to offer a win-win situation for the combined staff and customers of these three banks. “Everything relating to the merger is going on smoothly. We don’t foresee any challenges. Other banks have done it successfully and we can repeat that. The asset quality of PNB and the merging banks will not at all suffer rather it will strengthen as they will have a collective bargaining and negotiating power with the defaulters,” Sunil Mehta, the Managing Director and CEO of PNB told IANS. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra”In terms of roadmaps, we have already created inter-bank committees which are interacting with each other on the best processes, products and systems to be adopted for each bank and the best will selected for a win-win situation for the customer. Similarly the best practices among the HR will be adopted for the staff.” The merged entity will be operational from April 2020. Under the consolidation, the three banks will be merged into one entity to make the second-largest PSB with a business of Rs 17.95 lakh crore and 11,437 branches. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe three banks recently got a capital infusion of Rs 16,000 crore. The OBC was earlier a Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) bank under the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) with lending, management compensation and directors’ fees and branch expansion restrictions. But in February this year, it was out of the PCA. The respective boards of the three banks have given in-principle approval for the amalgamation. The UBI’s Board of Directors has approved in-principle a plan to raise upto Rs 3,000 crore via a preferential sales of shares. The UBI, currently under PCA, will come out of the framework because of bank merger. On September 19, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met the heads of the public sector banks where the issue on the preparation of merging banks to meet the April 2020 deadline was discussed, along with credit offtake in retail, and home and personal loans. The government last month announced the merger of 10 public sector banks into four strong lenders with countrywide networks and global reach to boost credit and revive economic growth in the nation’s bid to become a $5 trillion economy in the next five years. After this, the total number of public sector banks will come down from 24 to 12.
New Delhi: Delhi Police has identified more than 600 places in the city from where cases of consumption of alcohol in public areas were reported. The Commissioner of Delhi Police Amulya Patnaik had directed districts DCsP to take action against those people who consume alcohol at public places.Police sources told Millennium Post that as many as 37,169 people were found drinking at public places. In151 places in South-East Delhi people were found consuming liquior. Adding further, sources revealed that in North Delhi-8 spots, Central-45, North West-47 spots, Outer North-39, Rohini-54 spots, New Delhi-8, South West-26, East-34 spots, Shahdara-42, North East-41 spots, South district-48, Dwarka-56, Metro unit-1 Outer-29 and West-20 spots were identified where consumption of liquior in public places reported. Sources further disclosed that as many as 37,169 persons found drinking at public places. The Delhi Police data of the current year revealed that more than 35,000 persons were nabbed till September. The south-west Delhi Police arrested 5,137 people whereas 5,037 persons were caught by West Delhi Police. Nearly 3,882 cases under the Excise Act registered by city police. In a recent crime review meeting, the Delhi Police Commissioner, while discussing the topic related to action against public drinking and anti-social elements roaming in parks, directed that districts DCsP should focus on this area, and a special drive should be started in all districts against those people who consume alcohol at public places and appropriate legal action should be taken against them under the provisions of the Excise Act. “Surprise checks should be conducted in the parks during morning and evening hours and legal action should be taken against anti-social elements, who loiter in the parks, with intent to commit the crime,” Police Chief told DCsP. The top cop further added that women staff along with male officers should go in the parks and interact with the people. District DCsP should have their own system of cross-checking by sending vigilance teams to the affected areas. The meeting was held in the first week of September in Delhi Police Headquarters (PHQ).
Kolkata: Food lovers in the city will for the first time get the opportunity to relish delicacies prepared from Kadaknath Chicken at a puja pandal in the city.West Bengal Comprehensive Area Development Corporation (WBCADC) will put up a food stall at the Durga Puja venue of Jagat Mukherjee Park which will be selling food items prepared from stuffs procured directly from the farmers who have received assistance from the corporation. This is the first of its kind initiative by WBCADC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Dishes made from Kadaknath Chicken, Turkey and desi chicken from farms at Haringhata in Nadia, black Bengal goat meat from Siliguri, eggs of swan, chara chameli duck will be the main attraction of the stall that we are putting up. We have plans to launch these products in a greater way at the Ahare Bangla Food Festival of the state government scheduled to be held in November,” said a senior official of WBCADC said. Kadaknath Chicken is known for its exquisite taste and high nutrient value. Madhya Pradesh has won Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Kadaknath, an indigenous chicken breed found in tribal-dominated Jhabua district in the state. The state government is planning to undertake Kadaknath chicken farming in large-scale . Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayItems prepared from fishes at Tamluk, mushroom at Siliguri, dheki chatta chal popularly known as Brown Rice – all cultivated under the supervision of WBCADC will also be available at the food stall. The spices like turmeric and chilli powder produced by farmers registered under CADC at Tamluk will be used for cooking. “We are planning to develop a food chain to popularize these products,” the official added. It may be mentioned that CADC is an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Panchayat department which works for area based rural development through increased agricultural and allied production ensuring maximum benefit of such production to the cultivators. CADC has projects at 24 different places in the state spanning in almost all the districts of Bengal. Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Fishery, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) etc are some areas in which schemes have been taken up by CADC.