TuksLaw Deputy Dean shows grit and determination in the Ultimate Human Race

Posted on May 30, 2016

The Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that Deputy Dean Anton Kok successfully completed the 91st Comrades Marathon, which is widely referred to as The Ultimate Human Race, on Sunday, 29 May 2016.

Prof Kok, participating in the colours of the Tuks Road Runners Club in the category Men 40–49 years, covered the distance of 89,13 km in a time of 11:51:06 and received the Vic Clapham medal for this achievement.

The first Comrades Marathon was held on 24 May 1921, Empire Day, starting outside the City Hall in Pietermaritzburg with 34 runners. Since then the race took place every year apart from 1941 to 1945 (during WWII), with the direction alternating each year between Pietermaritzburg and Durban, the so called ‘up and down runs’.  This year’s Comrades was a down run as it started in Pietermaritzburg.

On his Facebook page, Anton wrote: “My mother used to say "as long as you did your best". If I did my best today I would have died. I finished the Comrades “down" run today with 9 minutes to spare after suffering from ITB from about half way. I had to grit my teeth and find a way forward. I am content.”

We salute you, Prof Kok!

- Author Elzet Hurter
Published by Elzet Hurter

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