The Comrades Marathon Association has conveyed its condolences to the family of Simon Mkhize. The 74 year old was the first Black runner to obtain his Comrades Green Number for running the Comrades Marathon ten times, and going on to achieve Double Green Number status.
Simon was a keen sportsman who inspired many athletes to get into running and especially take on the Comrades Marathon challenge in addition to other sporting codes.
Of his 20 successful Comrades finishes, Simon amassed 12 Bronze and 8 Silver medals. His best time of 6:40 was achieved in the 1971 Comrades. Due to the Comrades Marathon being officially opened up to runners of all races and genders only in 1975, Simon’s Comrades finishes before that year, were all retrospectively awarded to him.
Simon was born on 4 March [ ... ]Read more...