Martin battles the heat to complete Comrades Ultra Marathon in South Africa


Gade Valley Harrier Martin Storrie travel to South Africa to compete in the Comrades Ultra Marathon.

The event has been in existence since 1921, and is a 90K route through the South African countryside.

Gade Valley Harriers at the St Albans Parkrun

Gade Valley Harriers at the St Albans Parkrun

The race started in Pietermaritzburg and finished in Durban, beginning at 5.30am.

Despite the early start, the temperatures reached 31 degrees during the run, making fuelling and hydration difficult over such a long distance.

Despite this, Martin completed the gruelling course in a very impressive time of 10 hours, 59 minutes and 50 seconds.

Martin took on the challenge to raise money for the Hospice of St Francis and donations can be made at

Closer to home, at the parkrun in St Albans, Harrier Mark Crabtree not only came home in first place out of 328 runners, but also set a new PB of 16 minutes and 36 seconds.

Close behind was Tom North in 19:00, followed by Johnny Broom in 19:35, Andrew Bishop in 22:09, Tracy Aldridge-Jones in 22:28, then Simon and Ross Geary both in 25:53, and Dean Kidd in 25:54.

At the Hyde Park Triathlon on Sunday, Michael Birch set a new PB of 2 hours and 17 minutes, knocking a huge 20 minutes off his PB.