Elite Athlete Development Programme Media Release
Ndlela eyeing top Comrades
Durban – The Comrades Marathon fever is building with a month to
go until one of the largest Ultra-Marathon’s in the world and for
two-time finisher Siphiwe Ndlela, the lofty heights of the race’s
top ten are within his sights ahead of the 89 kilometre race’s
start in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 29 May.
His recent tenth place finish at the Old Mutual Two Oceans
Marathon has made the rest of the marathon world sit up and take
notice as Ndlela launched his assault on the elite top ten at the
However, despite his strong result in Cape Town, the emerging
star from Ixopo was not entirely satisfied.
“I was reasonably happy with my tenth place finish at Two
Oceans,” he said. “I was feeling strong throughout so I was
hoping that I would have been able to go a bit faster during the
“Although my time was good and it was a strong result, I think I
could have done better!”
The 2016 edition was however his first 56km outing in the Western
Cape and impressively Ndlela was just the third South African in
the top ten, putting his Two Oceans effort into perspective and
suggesting that his result was, in fact, a positive one.
The 2016 Comrades Marathon will be a third appearance at the
ultra-marathon for Ndlela, who has shown a steady improvement in
his results and taking on his second ‘down run’ is something that
the 26-year old is looking forward to.
“I have done one down run and one up run and I think that I am
stronger on the down run, which is exciting for me and plays into
my hands as I hope to get into the top 10 this year.
“Last year’s race was not great as I had a problem with my shoes
and picked up a foot injury during the race but I still managed
to finish well in my first ever up run, so I took some confidence
from that race and will use it this year,” Ndlela mentioned.
Ndlela has been a member of the KZN Department of Sport and
Recreation supported Elite Athlete Development Programme since
2014 and has seen a dramatic increase in his performance since
joining the programme.
The running talent hopes that his relationship with Prime HPI and
the EADP will see him reach even higher heights come Comrades.
“Using the high-altitude chamber at Prime in my preparation for
the Two Oceans this year was important in me achieving my top 10
“Not only was that a big help for me for that event but over the
last few years the programme has helped me with my nutrition as
well as training and is helping me to become the best runner that
I can be.
“I want to keep improving and hopefully I can achieve the results
that I know I can!” a positive and grateful Ndlela added.
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impressive tenth place finish at the 2016 Old Mutual Two Oceans
Marathon, Elite Athlete Development Programme star Siphiwe Ndlela
has shifted his focus towards a top ten finish at the prestigious
Comrades Marathon on 29 May 2016.
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