Vaccine brings hope for Makebe’s 14th Comrades run

Judas Sekwela

Thirteen time Comrades Marathon runner, Makebe Ledwaba hopes that he will soon be running again.

The 55-year-old from zone 1 in Seshego outside Polokwane, Limpopo is already back on the streets training again.

Because of the 6am curfew he was not able to train in December. 

“The vaccine has given me hope that life will go back to what we used to have. I hope and pray that the marathon will be run this year so I can do what I love,” said Makebe.

He said he has gone back to his regular training which starts at 4am.

 “I do hill training on Monday. On Tuesday I run 15km. On Wednesday I run five kilometres in under 20 minutes and run eight kilometres at a race pace on Thursday. I do 25 to 30 kilometres on Saturday and a 10 kilometre recovery run on Sunday,” he said.

“On Friday I rest.”

Makebe told Scrolla.Africa he entered his first Comrades Marathon in 2003 with Polokwane Athletic Club. 

“I finished in position 1 222. My best marathon was the down-run competition from Pietermaritzburg to Durban where I came in position 137. I have run 13 marathons and I’m looking forward to my 14th,” he said. 

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