Local athlete unknowingly achieves three national records

Cornel Metcalfe after her big achievement.

On 14 and 15 April, Cornel Metcalfe took part in the Pietersburg Road Runners 100 mile & 24 hour track race in Polokwane. Although she lives in Fochville, she runs for the Carletonville Harriers marathon club. The event involves running around a 400-metre athletics tartan track for the duration of 24 hours, with the running direction changing every six hours. Still considered a novice in the 100-mile distance, Cornel was the second woman and sixth overall to complete the 100-mile (161 km) distance in a time of 19:44:24. She went on to extend that distance to 174 km in the 24-hour event. In the process, she claimed the position of the first woman and fourth overall winner.
After all the results were published and audited, Cornel heard that she had set three SA ultra-marathon track records in her age category. These were in the women’s 40 years and over category, where she set the new all-surface track record for the distance covered in six hours to 55,6 km. She also improved the record for 50 km on a track to 5:16:34 in the same category. Also in that category, she set a new 50-mile track record of 9:08:05.
The next big event on her calendar is the Ten10 – a charity event to raise funds for animals in distress. The participants embark on an inspirational journey of running a Comrades distance (90 km) within the Comrades official cut-off time of 12 hours, each day for 10 days, ending with the actual Comrades Marathon on the final day to finish the amazing feat of running approx. 900 km in ten consecutive days. The journey starts in Pretoria and finishes under the hallowed finish arches in Pietermaritzburg.
This gruelling event will run from 1 to 10 June.

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