Bongumusa Mthembu is the 2018 Comrades Marathon winner. The comrades champion has taken his third Comrades win by finishing the race in 05:26:39.
Mthembu, who hails from Bulwer in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, became the first South African to win the race more than once since Bruce Fordyce, when he won the race for the second time last year.
More than 21 000 athletes are participating in the marathon. The distance for this year’s down run race is 90.2 km.
The race started outside the Pietermaritzburg City Hall and ends at the Moses Mabhida Stadium for the first time.
Previous races ended at the Kingsmead Cricket Stadium on the down run.
This year’s race will have six official cut-offs along the 90.184km route.
The first cut-off will be implemented at Lion Park with subsequent cut-offs positioned at Cato Ridge, the halfway mark in Drummond, Winston Park, Pinetown and with the final one at Sherwood.
This years theme is “Asijiki, no turning back”.