Impalement survivor conquers Comrades

Daniel de Wet and his wife Lizl on day 15 of his 19-day recovery at Netcare Milpark Hospital. A metal industrial crowbar impaled Mr De Wet in a freak accident on a gold mine in the area.

De Wet, a member of the Carletonville Harriers Marathon Club completed the gruelling 89 km down run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban in a time of 11:30:37. Race entries are capped at 20 000.
Other members of the club who completed the Comrades are Annalisa Freese, in a time of 10:25:32, Conrad Freese (10:25:32), Cornel Metcalfe (10:25:32), David Lekawa (10:09:20), Dewit Ezekiel Pholo (8:31:59), Duncan De Haas (10:23:41), Elias Matsinhe (10:46:18), Johan Bekker (9:55:32), Kagiso Basiame (9:37:38), Mokhethinyane Elisha Molapo (9:24:39), Mpoku Given Maepa (9:24:53), Nduduzo Mabaso (10:57:38), Njabulo Siphosakhe Shandu (7:56:33), Petrus Lourens (9:56:08), Phaphama Mtshingila (8:45:59), Schaney De Haas (11:44:31), Sipho Mbakaca (10:33:59) and Sonnyboy Seleko (7:43:48).
Michael Cuypers, who recently competed in the Ironman Triathlon in Port Elizabeth, was the first member of the Fochville Marathon Club to cross the finish line in a time of 10:26:44.
Other Fochville runners who completed the Comrades were Ian Du Plessis (11:01:52), Olebile Pule (12:35:37), Quintus Vaughn Dippenaar (11:11:28), Stanley Selamolela (11:39:17) and Ursula Dippenaar (11:11:28).
Runners who completed the Comrades in a time between 7 hours and 30 minutes and 9 hours received Bill Rowan medals. Those who completed the race in times ranging from 9 hours to 11 hours got bronze medals. The runners who took between 11 and 12 hours to complete the Comrades, were awarded Vic Clapham medals.

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