Edward Mothibi attributes Comrades victory to strong family support

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Nomfundo

RUSTENBURG – Strong family support propelled Comrades marathon winner Edward Mothibi to the finishing line ahead of everyone else that took part in the “Up Run” starting at the City Hall in Durban and finishing at the Scottsville Racecourse in Pietermaritzburg.

Mothibi finished the grueling 89 km race ahead of last year’s winner Bongmusa Mthembu in just 5 hours 31 minutes and 33 seconds.

“It is not always easy, it is tough, there were quarrels … before she [my wife] could understand me,” the pint-sized, soft spoken champ said.

“When I met her I told her I had a first wife and she did not understand what I was saying, I told her that my first wife is running and if ever she come across that, it means one will have to be ‘divorced’.” 

The father of three from the rural village of Magoegoe in Mahikeng said he missed his family during the seven weeks training camp at Dullstroom in Mpumalanga.