Dullstroom shines up SA’s brightest Comrades hopefuls
The Mpumalanga town is perfectly positioned for the training of world-beaters. We paid it a visit
As we travelled up Naledi Drive in the small town of Dullstroom, perched at about 2000m above sea level on the Mpumalanga Highveld, Team Entsika coach John Hamlett reflects on the longevity of athletes in the Comrades Marathon.
At 58, with 10 Comrades attempts under his belt before moving to coaching in the late 1980s, Hamlett’s been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
“For your physical sanity, it’s a maximum 10 times that you can run the Comrades because your body takes a hammering. Your knees and other parts suffer, especially at this level. You’re killing your body,” Hamlett chuckled...